Impact on Perth Metropolitan Funerals

Premier Mark McGowan has announced that the from 12:01am Saturday 15 May 2021, Perth will return to post lockdown conditions. For funerals this means that exemptions are no longer required and there are no longer attendance caps. 

For metropolitan cemeteries, we are now able to revert to full capacity for indoor funerals hosted within our chapels. For a list of our chapels and their associated capacities please refer to the Chapels and Facilities pages on our website here. Families should liaise with their Funeral Director to reserve the chapel that will best accommodate the anticipated number of mourners. 

Mask wearing is no longer mandatory although mourners may wear one if they choose to do so.  Social distancing should be adhered to and registration of attendance details continues to be mandatory.

Larger Funerals (Outdoor):

Any outdoor funerals that may attract over 500 mourners still require a a COVID Event Plan. More information regarding COVID Event Plans can be found here.  

For the most current updates regarding the the Western Australian Covid-19 response, please visit the WA Government website here.

This advice is subject to change.


Mandatory Registration of Attendance Details - SafeWA


The Western Australian Government has deemed that it is mandatory for particular businesses and venues including those hosting funeral services to collect contact details of patrons, staff, visitors and contractors for COVID-19 contact tracing, if required. 

To help businesses and venues, the WA Government has developed the SafeWA app. This is a free system that uses QR codes to register attendance. It is quick, convenient, easy to use and contactless. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App or Google Play stores and, to make your registration as simple as possible, we strongly encourage people to download the app prior to visiting us. Visitors with the app are also able to check in others who do not have access to the app.

If you are attending a funeral with an indoor component, your Funeral Director will assist you with registration prior to the service. To assist Funeral Directors, we have distributed the QR codes for all Metropolitan Cemeteries Board sites but also have the site specific QR code displayed on entry points to facilities such as chapels where registration is required.

Registration is mandatory and not negotiable if you wish to access our facilities.

For further information on contact registers, please visit here. 

Maintaining a contact register is an extra safety measure and one of the most effective ways to control the spread of COVID-19 if the need arises. We appreciate your cooperation in working with us to keep Western Australia as safe as possible during these trying times.

It is important to understand that these measures have been introduced to protect your health and well-being and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

For more information on these provisions, visit the  WA Government website


Travelling to funerals


The State Government has introduced restrictions on travel into Western Australia that have and can change on a regular basis with short notice to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on these travel restrictions, visit the WA Government website.


More information


It is important to note that the State Government is making continual changes as the State Emergency unfolds.

We recommend that you visit the State Government’s website to keep up to to date with additional changes. Visit the WA Government website.


MCB COVID-19 Response


The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) continues to follow advice provided by the Department of Health and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to all client families, employees and our communities.

Appropriate measures and protocols have been implemented and continue to be developed to manage this situation; we are monitoring developments closely.

As a precautionary measure, we respectfully request that if you are experiencing symptoms similar to cold or flu that you:

  • do not attend funeral services and after-funeral gatherings.
  • refrain from coming onsite and reschedule any appointments that you have with us.


We are able to provide many of our services by phone and email and would suggest that these be the most appropriate ways to serve you at this point in time.

Please contact our Client Services team on 1300 793 109 or by emailing us at should you like to speak with us.