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27 October 2020

Effective from Wednesday 28 October 2020, restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne shall be eased. The Eltham Cemetery is located within the Shire of Nillumbik, part of Metropolitan Melbourne. 

Face masks

You must wear a fitted face mask covering the nose and mouth unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so whilst visiting the Cemetery grounds, including anyone attending a funeral service. 

Funerals and Interment Services at the Eltham Cemetery

Attendance limitations remain in place; however from 28 October 2020, attendance at funerals and interment services will be increased to a maximum of 20 persons, excluding children under 12 months of age, funeral directors, celebrants or officiants and our staff. Social distancing protocols must continue to be observed. You are permitted to attend the funeral if you are more than 25kms from the Cemetery including attending from Regional Victoria. 

From 8 November 2020, attendance at funerals and interment services shall increase to 50 persons with the same exclusions noted above.

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.

Visiting the Cemetery

The 25km radius travel restriction will remain in effect until 8 November 2020. However, you are able to travel beyond your 25km radius to visit a cemetery, provided:

  • attending the cemetery does not involve travelling between Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria borders
  • that whilst at the cemetery, you do not gather in groups of more than ten people
  • a fitted face mask is worn at all times unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so

This unfortunately may preclude you from visiting the cemetery and we encourage you to consider alternative means of remembrance and reflection during this time. We recognise the importance of visiting your loved ones, and acknowledge the added difficulties these restrictions pose. We look forward to welcoming you back to our grounds, when it is safe to do so. 

Please remember to practice good hygiene and social distancing, and refrain from using public seating and water fountains during this time. Further, when on the grounds, you must comply with any instructions provided by funeral directors and cemetery staff. 

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

Thank you to every Victorian, every visitor to our cemetery for continuing to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19.