COVID-19

For regular updates on COVID-19, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services website https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or freecall 1800 675 398.

14 May 2020

Changes to restrictions in the State of Victoria came into effect on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

Funerals and Interment Services

Funerals and interment services at the Eltham Cemetery may now be attended by a maximum of 30 persons, excluding funeral directors, celebrants or officiants and our staff. Social distancing protocols must continue to be observed.

If you are wishing to attend a funeral or interment service, you must consult with the family or funeral director to ensure that you are able to do so.

Those attending must identify themselves to funeral directors or our staff and will be required to provide their name and contact information, in accordance with directives from the Department of Health.

Attendees must comply with any instructions provided by funeral directors and cemetery staff.

Visiting the Cemetery

If you are visiting the cemetery, you must adhere to social distancing directives and limit gathering in groups to no more than 10 persons. 

We respectfully ask that you consider delaying your visit or minimising your time spent at the cemetery where practicable. 

If you are unwell or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home and seek medical advice.

Where possible, we ask that you continue to limit contact with our staff on the cemetery grounds unless necessary. If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Whilst restrictions may be easing, it is imperative that we continue to maintain good hygiene and continue to actively practice social distancing. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented time. 

 

17 April 2020

Whilst the cemetery remains open, please adhere to the Victorian Government guidelines that if you can stay home, you must stay home. Visting a cemetery is not considered essential travel and we encourage you to delay your visit if practicable. 

In the event that you are visting the cemetery, you must ensure that you actively participate in social distancing directives, that you do not gather and consider minimising your time there. We ask that you please limit contact with our staff at the cemetery unless absolutely necessary. If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

The Government directive remains in place that a maximum of ten mourners may attend a funeral.  

We are aware that not being able to visit a loved one is extremely difficult, and we thank you for your understanding during this unprecented time. 

27 March 2020

As per our 25 March 2020 update, measures are in place to limit the attendance at funerals to ten people.

Following new advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, the maximum of 10 persons applies to mourners, and excludes persons necessary to conduct or faciliate the funeral, such as celebrants, Funeral Directors and Trust staff. 

All other information remains unchanged from our 25 March update below. 

Please do not hesitate to contact our office for further information.

25 March 2020

New measures announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 24 March limit attendance at funerals to ten people. These restrictions are designed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

"If we're going to control community transmission we have to stop the capacity of this virus from spreading from person to person," he said.

Attendance at funerals

All funerals scheduled to take place from 26 March 2020 onwards will be subject to a limit of 10 people per funeral.

The limit of 10 people includes mourners, funeral directors and celebrants.

If you are wishing to attend a funeral, please ensure you have consulted with the family or funeral director to ensure that you are able to do so. Also, if you are unwell or have been near someone you know to have become sick, please STAY HOME and seek medical advice.

Please comply with any instructions provided by funeral directors or our staff.

Visiting the Cemetery

We recognize that visiting our Cemetery and your loved ones is important, though we ask that you strongly consider the information and advice which our Government is communicating.

  • STAY HOME if you feel sick or you have been near someone you know to have become sick and seek medical advice.
  • Limit your time at the Cemetery.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • At all times, ensure you maintain a minimal 1.5 metre distance and avoid physical contact between you and other people.

Please limit contact with our staff at the Cemetery unless absolutely necessary. If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Please respect the measures being set out by our Federal and State Governments and take every precaution to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

24 March 2020

The Eltham Cemetery is working with information and advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, adapting our procedures to ensure we can continue to deliver services with the health and wellbeing of our employees, community, and industry partners being our priority.

During this time, we are encouraging families to contact our office via phone, email or through our website.

We are minimising, however not ceasing, face to face appointments. If you are attending a face to face meeting, we ask that you respect social distancing principles.

If you are in the process of arranging a funeral to be held at the Eltham Cemetery, we are in regular contact with your funeral director.

This information was originally published by our industry partners at the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust:

We understand that under current circumstances it is even more difficult than usual to attend a funeral service.

In order to comply with current guidelines on social distancing from the state government please:

  • Most importantly, STAY home if you feel sick or you have been near someone you know to have become sick.
  • When attending the Eltham Cemetery for a funeral service or to visit a loved one, ensure you maintain a 1.5 metre distance between you and other people at all times.
  • When greeting someone please do so either with a wave, a nod, or some other form of non-contact salutation.

For hygiene purposes please:

  • Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly dry them with paper towel or a hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your face
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or into your sleeve.
  • Bring alcohol-based hand sanitiser and use it liberally.