COVID 19 - Impact on Perth Metropolitan Funerals

 

As per the WA Government COVID-19 latest updates regarding changes to capacity for venues, from Saturday 5 April 2021, the capacity within internal venues hosting funeral services reverts to pre-COVID levels.

It is expected that everyone attending MCB facilities 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.

Public or private events (in this instance, outdoor funerals) involving more than 500 people will require a COVID Event Plan.

This advice is subject to change.

Please refer to the detailed information below regarding venue capacity, guidelines and requirements when visiting any of our cemeteries for a funeral. 

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. 

Funerals that use a venue (indoor space)

Funerals using a chapel can now accept the same number of mourners as prior to the pandemic.

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.

For details regarding the capacity of our chapels, please view the information located here.

We encourage families to liaise with their Funeral Director so as to book a chapel that will suitably accommodate the anticipated number of mourners.

 

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