Funeral attendance restrictions 

From 26 March 2020, indoor and outdoor funerals can be attended by a maximum of no more than ten mourners. The maximum number of attendees excludes persons necessary for the conduct of the funeral such as funeral directors. If a funeral is held indoors there must be a density of no more than one person per four square metres of floor space. 

Cemetery trust business

Cemetery trust business is currently categorised as an essential activity. Cemetery trusts are to continue operating but must practice social distancing: don't be closer than 1.5 metres from another person and practice good hand hygiene.

This is a rapidly changing environment so please check the department's Coronavirus webpage regularly.

Care of the deceased if COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed

Please read the Considerations related to the safe handling of bodies of deceased persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 report issued by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Please also keep updated with the most recent version of the department’s Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) guideline for health services and general practitioners.

New process for issuing repatriation certificates

Please be advised that the department will be issuing repatriation certificates electronically until further notice. See the Repatriations page for details of the new process.

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