Keeping COVID-safe at funerals, memorials and Sorry Business

Coming together to mourn the passing of a loved one and to celebrate their life is an important event for families and communities.

Last updated: 25 December 2021
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NSW Health knows that this is a very personal and special time, and that every family will have their own way of observing the occasion with their community.

There are some steps you can take to ensure that events such as funerals, prayers, viewings, visits and wakes are held safely, to help protect you, your loved ones and your community.

  • Remind you guests that if they are feeling unwell, they should not attend the funeral and should get tested, even if they are vaccinated.
  • If a business is organising or hosting the event, they can develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. This is quick and easy to complete and ensures that they are meeting safety measures for physical distancing, venue capacity, ventilation, record keeping, and self-isolation. More information is available on the NSW Government business rules webpage.
  • Whether the event is at a business, place of worship or private residence, all guests' contact details must be recorded, either using the Service NSW QR code system or through manual collection. It can be helpful to place someone in charge of making sure all names and contact details are collected.
  • Encourage guests to wear face masks indoors or when physical distancing is not possible, and practice good hygiene by washing their hands and using sanitizer.
  • Don't share things like knives and forks, plates, cups, and cigarettes. This can put you at risk of catching COVID-19 or passing it on to others.
  • If you are holding a large event where there will be many people, individuals can purchase their own Rapid Antigen Test kits, or your local Public Health Unit can help by providing Rapid Antigen Tests to guests in advance or on the day. Call them on 1300 066 055 for assistance. More information is available on the NSW Government rapid antigen self-tests for community (COVID-19) webpage.  

If you are worried about how you or someone close to you is dealing with stress during this time, call 1800 512 348 to speak with a counsellor (24-hour helpline). For information and resources to help keep your loved ones safe, visit the NSW Government COVID-19 website 

For free help in your language, call Translating and Interpreting Services on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact us on 13 77 88.


Current as at: Saturday 25 December 2021
Contact page owner: Centre for Aboriginal Health