We at Newhaven Funerals follow the directions given us by Queensland Health with regard to conducting funerals during the Covid 19 pandemic,  with this in mind we have outlined below the updated requirements regarding funerals in Queensland:

What is the guidance for funerals in Queensland?

In Queensland, Directions are made by the Chief Health Officer under section 362B of the Public Health Act 2005.

The Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction provides for restrictions on funerals.

Under this Direction, funeral services at an indoor space may have one person per 2 square metres; or a maximum of 200 people, whichever is greater. The 200-person limit includes the persons conducting the funeral service.

Funeral services held at an outdoor space do not have occupant density limits and do not have to collect contact information but must comply with other requirements of this Direction.

The number of attendees permitted at wakes, memorial events or gatherings after the funeral and similar events will be determined by the location it is held, for example, in a person’s home or at a business.

Further information is below.

Measures to follow for the funeral

Wakes, memorials, receptions and all other events/activities after the funeral

Wakes, memorials, receptions and all other events/activities occurring after a ceremony will have different permitted limits depending on where they are held.

In accordance with the Movement and Gathering Direction, there are no limits on private ceremonies conducted in public outdoor areas. Ceremonies at a private residence or non-residence can have a maximum of 100 people attend including the service director.

When an area is declared a restricted area, private wakes, memorials, receptions and all other events/activities that might occur after the funeral in public outdoor areas and spaces will have a reduced attendance capacity that can attend. This includes the service director. Restricted areas are determined by the Chief Health Officer and published on the Queensland Health website. There are currently no restricted areas.

Where a wake, memorial or reception is held at a restricted business, e.g. a function venue or pub, and the business is operating under a COVID Safe Industry Plan, the plan will detail the number of attendees permitted. If the business is not operating under a COVID Safe Industry Plan, the number of attendees would be determined by occupant density requirements, depending on the size of the venue.

The above measures for funerals should also be adopted for events held after the funeral.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to contact us at Newhaven funerals on 1800 644 524

Article by Tim Connolly – Newhaven Funerals

Tim Connolly Funeral Director Newhaven Funerals

Tim Connolly – Funeral Director

Newhaven Funerals Brisbane & Gold Coast.

Growing up around funerals since the age of six allows Tim a unique understanding of how a family-owned funeral business should be.

Since leaving school in 1992, Tim has been deeply involved in all aspects of operating their family-owned business, including operating crematoriums, memorial gardens, and a pet cremation business.

Tim is always available to assist all clients with any request.