Western Australia returning to Pre-Lockdown Conditions - Impact on Perth Metropolitan Funerals

 

Premier Mark McGowan has announced that the current Perth and Peel restrictions will end as planned at 12:01 am Sunday 14 February 2021. Funerals will be returning to pre-lockdown conditions (prior to 6pm Sunday 31 January 2021) from this point.

It is expected that everyone attending our cemeteries continues to practice physical distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene and observe COVID safe principles.

Registration of contact details continues to be mandatory.

Masks will no longer be required to be worn either inside or outside.

The MCB venue capacity for funerals held within our chapels, as of Sunday 14 February 2021, will return to the 2 metre square per person rule.

We ask that you take the time to read and familiarise yourself with the guidelines below.

This advice may be subject to change.

Outdoor Funerals

There are no restrictions on the number of mourners that can attend an outdoor funeral however funerals that are anticipated to attract over 500 mourners will need to have an approved COVID event plan. COVID event plans should be prepared by the Funeral Director and Family organising the funeral. For more information on COVID event plans, please visit the WA Government website here.

Existing COVID-19 provisions, including the need for attendees to comply with physical distancing requirements (2 square metres per person), remain. 

Funerals that use a venue (indoor space)

Funerals using a Chapel/venue are restricted by the capacity limitations of the building and the 2-metre squared physical distancing rule.  The venue capacity includes all persons who are attending including those persons whose presence is necessary to conduct the funeral. This means that Funeral Directors, Celebrants etc. are included in the venue capacity.

Where the number of people attending a funeral exceeds the venue capacity mourners are still able to attend the funeral but must remain in the outdoor gathering spaces; the 2-metre squared per person rule applies.  

In practical terms this means that the capacity of the chapels and condolence lounges at metropolitan Perth cemeteries has needed to be adjusted so as to meet the 2-metre squared distancing guideline.

Below is a list of the facilities and their associated capacity limits. We recommend that families liaise closely with their Funeral Director to reserve the facility that can accommodate the anticipated number of mourners.

Traditional Chapels and Lounges

Karrakatta

Norfolk Chapel – 125 people, Norfolk Lounge – 105 people

Brown Chapel – 75 people, Brown Lounge – 70 people

Dench Chapel – 45 people, Dench Lounge – 30 people

Fremantle:

East Chapel – 75 people, East Lounge 55 people

West Chapel – 200 people, West Lounge – 95 people 

Pinnaroo:

East Chapel – 100 people, East Lounge – 90 people

West Chapel – 115 people, West Lounge – 105 people

Mausolea and Jewish Prayer Halls:

Guildford

Mausoleum – 100 people

Jewish Prayer Hall – 40 people

Midland

Mausoleum – 8 people

Karrakatta

St Francis Chapel – 50 people

Chapel of the Holy Spirit – 30 people

Christ the Redeemer Chapel – 30 people

Chapel of Saint Jude – 38 people

Jewish Prayer Hall – 24 people

Fremantle

Mausoleum East Wing – 74 people

Mausoleum West Wing – 74 people 

 

Mandatory Registration of Attendance Details - SafeWA

 

The Western Australian Government has deemed that it will be 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. In emerging from lockdown, several restrictions on intra-state travel between the regions are still in place.

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 mcb@mcb.wa.gov.au should you like to speak with us.