Coronavirus (COVID-19) service changes

Updates for our customers and business partners.

Thank you to each and every cemetery visitor and community member for playing your part in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of coronavirus.

We know it’s been difficult, but with your assistance we are pleased to confirm the following restrictions have been relaxed.

  • Both indoor and outdoor funerals will have a maximum capacity of 50 mourners (excluding funeral director/ essential staff).

  • However, all services must comply with the one per four square metres rule.

  • For all indoor funeral services at GMCT venues, this means a maximum capacity of 35 mourners (excluding funeral director/ essential staff).

  • The Department of Health and Human Services has clearly stated, “wakes are separate events to funerals” and gathering limits apply. For GMCT function venues, the maximum capacity for a function or wake is 20 people.

For more information about the new rules for funerals, please refer to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/religion-and-ceremony-restrictions-covid-19

  • Outdoor social gatherings other than funerals must not exceed twenty people, and social distancing must be observed.

  • The Fawkner Memorial Park Tea Rooms will reopen for dine-in service with a venue limit of 20 patrons.

  • All reception areas remain closed. Only those with pre-arranged, essential appointments (such as collecting the cremated remains of a loved one) will be admitted.

  • All planning ahead and plaque arrangements will be handled by phone and email.

  • If you need to purchase a grave for a funeral you're arranging now, we’ll help you over the phone and by email unless it’s necessary to make a personal appointment.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the cemeteries and memorial parks you hold dear, and encourage you to keep practising social distancing and good hygiene at all times. With more people out and about, this is more important than ever.

We will continue to update you regularly. Please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for further information.