We are extremely pleased to hear Police Commissioner Fuller announce this morning that people can have short visits to a gravesite to pay respects and mourn a loved one.
The safety of our visiting families and our staff has always been our highest priority. Due to the extensive media coverage, we would like to clarify that we, as cemetery operators, never wanted to prevent families from visiting their loved ones.
The measures taken to restrict visitation was to ensure compliance with the written advice received from NSW Police on 9th August 2021, stating:
“persons simply visiting gravesites is not an exemption and not permitted within the public health orders. The only persons who attend the cemetery should be those who work there, are those nominated as 1/10 attending a funeral, or persons using the green space to exercise in line with what is permitted in the orders.”
We thank the NSW Police and NSW Health for providing further clarification this morning. We are pleased to advise that visitors are permitted to attend cemeteries on compassionate grounds. Visitors are allowed to have short visits to a grave to pay their respects and mourn a loved one in a maximum of groups of two.
Masks must be worn at all times, and social distancing must be observed. All other restrictions and guidelines, including travelling within and from your LGA, are still in place.
Funerals remain capped at a maximum of 10 attendees.
Security will remain within the cemetery to monitor and assist the public in understanding local health order requirements. If restrictions are breached, the police will need to be notified.
Once again, we appreciate your continued support as we work with our authorities in following the restrictions currently in place.