Information for funeral exemptions

Applications to increase the number of attendees permitted at funeral can be made in writing to the Chief Health Officer.

Applications must be sent to COVID.exemptions@act.gov.au at least 72 hours before the funeral service.

The following details must be included:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Name and contact details of the applicant
  • Relationship of the applicant to the deceased
  • Proposed number of attendees
  • Relationship of each attendee to the deceased (i.e. 2x children, 3x grandchildren, 2x partners of grandchildren)
  • The number of attendees under 18
  • The number of attendees travelling from interstate and their usual place of residence
  • Date, time and location of the funeral service
  • Confirmation that the service location can cater for the proposed number of attendees and funeral staff while meeting social distancing requirements of 1 person per 4 square metres. (For example, a 100sqm indoor location could fit a maximum of 25 people at one time. Therefore in a 100sqm location in which 3 staff will be present, that means only 22 mourners could be present while meeting social distancing requirements).
  • Any other details that may be relevant to consideration of the application.

The outcome of the application will be provided at least 24 hours before the funeral service.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: May 01 2020