COVID-19 Update

Some Updates for You

Restrictions for Melbourne Metropolitan and Regional Victoria.

Lockdown Restrictions have been extended to Regional Victoria from 1pm Saturday 21 August 2021 to 11:59pm Thursday 2 September 2021.

Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

  • Banyule
  • Bayside
  • Boroondara
  • Brimbank
  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Darebin
  • Frankston
  • Glen Eira
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Hume
  • Kingston
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maroondah,
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Monash
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moreland
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Nillumbik
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington
  • Whitehorse
  • Whittlesea
  • Wyndham (except little River)
  • Yarra City
  • Yarra Ranges

Changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

You cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary)

A stay-at-home curfew is in place for Metropolitan Melbourne. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or bubble buddy) other than for limited reasons, including:

  • authorised work
  • health and medical purposes
  • care and support of a child or someone with special needs
  • in an emergency or to escape harm

If you are in Regional Victoria, the curfew does not apply. If you travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria for a permitted reason, you will be required to adhere to the curfew whilst you are in metropolitan Melbourne.

Victorians may also leave home to visit their intimate partner or their single social bubble buddy outside curfew hours, or in an emergency – including those at risk of family violence at any time.

You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. This limit does not apply to permitted work or education, when giving or receiving care, getting a COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social bubble buddy.

You can leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence.

These actions will protect our loved ones, friends, colleagues, health care workers and the community.

  • Anyone 12 years and over must wear a fitted face mask whenever they leave their home, indoors or outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.
  • You can remove your mask in a public place when consuming food, medicine or non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Face masks are recommended for primary school aged children, but they are not mandatory.
  • Necessary goods and services include supermarkets, pharmacies, butchers, green grocers, bottle shops, petrol stations, post offices, banks, food stores, newsagents, liquor stores, and pet stores. Supermarkets will continue to stay open to allow people to buy food, so there is no need to stock up on groceries. Other retail shops will only be available for delivery or contactless click and collect, and authorised workers may attend onsite to facilitate these orders.
  • Cafes and restaurants will only be able to offer take-away and delivery services.
  • You can only travel up to 5km from your home for shopping and exercising. You should stay as close to your home as possible, for example, shopping at the nearest supermarket.
  • For some people, the nearest essential goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation, you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider.
  • A person is permitted to drive a person with whom they reside, if it is not otherwise practical for that person to leave the house for a permitted reason.
  • Only one person per household can leave home to get necessary goods and services. They can leave once a day, which means people can’t make multiple shopping trips. You should limit the time you spend away from home. If you are unable to leave a child, children or a person in your care unattended, they may accompany you. You may accompany someone to shop for support, if necessary, for example, an elderly relative.
  • If you are taking a child, children or a person in your care with you when you shop you should not leave them in the car unattended while you shop. Leaving children unaccompanied in a vehicle is an offence in Victoria.
  • Hotel and accommodation providers will be able to stay open to support guests already staying onsite. No new bookings can be made, unless for a permitted reason – for example someone who requires accommodation as an authorised worker.
  • If you are not at your principal place of residence at the beginning of lockdown, it’s encouraged that you stay where you are for the duration of the lockdown.
  • Funerals will be able to go ahead indoors and outdoors with up to ten people, plus those required to conduct the funeral. Weddings will need to be postponed, unless end of life or other exceptional circumstances apply.
  • You cannot leave your house for necessary goods and services during the curfew unless they are for health and medical purposes or if you are travelling to or from work as an authorised worker.
  • If you live alone or are a single parent you can create a ‘single social bubble’ by nominating one other person to be a part of your bubble.
  • You can have the person you form a bubble with visit your home.
  • Your nominated person can be from a household or share house, and you are also able to visit them in their home, but only when they are alone. If both you and your single social buddy are single parents, your children can be a part of your bubble.
  • You can stay with your intimate partner or bubble buddy while the curfew is in effect, but you must already be at their house when the curfew time begins.

You can leave home to exercise, but there are limits:

  • You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise. You must limit your outdoor exercise to no more than 2 hours per day.
  • Gyms, pools, community centres, entertainment venues and libraries are closed.
  • Outdoor playgrounds, outdoor skateparks and outdoor gym equipment are closed.
  • You can exercise with one other person, plus dependants, as long as you both do not travel more than 5km from your home.
  • Please use common sense and limit the number of people you see in person right now. It is safer to connect with friends and family using phone calls, social media and video calls.
  • If you are exercising with someone else, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you. Don’t hug, kiss or shake hands.
  • If you are a parent or guardian who is caring for a child or someone who cannot be left unattended, then they may go with you.
  • Recreational activities that require the use of a facility will not be allowed. Facilities such as tennis clubs, bowls clubs, shooting ranges and golf clubs are closed. Outdoor activities that can be undertaken without accessing a facility, such as hunting, are permitted within the 5km and 2 hour limits.
  • You cannot leave your house during the curfew for exercise.
  • You can leave home to receive health care or attend medical appointments (including COVID-19 vaccination appointments or to get a COVID-19 test).
  • If you need to see a doctor or health care professional, you should do so. Do not put off getting medical care. Your doctor or health care professional can provide advice on how to stay safe.
  • You can leave home to care for a sick or elderly relative. If you provide care for someone, you should try to keep at least 1.5 metres between you when you can.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • You can leave home to accompany someone for essential medical treatment if you are a parent, guardian or necessary support person.
  • You can take a pet to the vet.
  • The 5km limit does not apply to care and health care.
  • You can leave your home during the curfew for health and medical purposes, or to provide care and support for a child or for someone with special needs.
  • You can leave home in an emergency or to receive urgent emergency medical care.
  • A list of who is considered an authorised provider or an authorised worker is available online.
  • All authorised workers must carry a permit that is certified by their employer whenever they are travelling to work and attending work. This is required from 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 August.
  • If you are an authorised worker with a permit, you can leave your home to travel to and attend work during the curfew. You must carry your permit and photo ID with you at all times when travelling for authorised work.
  • If you can work from home – you must work from home.
  • You can go to work to collect the materials or equipment you need to work from home.
  • The 5km limit does not apply to work.
  • All schools are closed, except for vulnerable children and children of authorised workers or authorised providers, who can attend for onsite supervision. Schools will continue to support students through remote learning or providing learning materials for use at home.
  • Universities and TAFEs must close or move to remote learning.
  • Childcare and early education centres will open for vulnerable children and the children of authorised workers only. An Authorised Worker Permit is required to access childcare and early education centres.
  • A permit is not required for a child or young person experiencing vulnerability to access childcare.
  • There is an amnesty until 11:59pm Monday 23 August 2021 for authorised workers to attain the permit to access childcare.
  • Victorians may work interstate (where permitted by the state you are working in).
  • You can leave home if there is an emergency.
  • You can leave home if there is family violence or violence by another person in the home, and you are at risk. If you are stopped by police, tell them you are feeling unsafe at home and they will help you. Safe accommodation and support for family violence is available. Call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or email safesteps@safesteps.org.au for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need to leave home, you must wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

Funerals, including wakes (Indoor & Outdoor) :

Permitted with 10 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap. COVID QR Code Check-in must be undertaken by all attendees.

Wake or Gathering – NOT PERMITTED

Persons necessary to conduct the funeral (such as a Faith Leader, Celebrant, Funeral Staff, Musicians) excluded from any limit.

Under Victoria State requirements, you must carry a mask and correct wearing of a mask covering mouth and nose, is required indoor and outdoors.

For any speeches, removal of the mask is suggested.

All venues must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital system.

This affects our Funeral Home Chapel, all Cemetery Chapels at GMCT and SMCT and Churches across Melbourne Limit is 10 People and Regional Victoria for indoor or outdoor Services, Graveside Services.
Limit is 10 People.

Our Funeral Home Chapel, is available for services subject to the 4 square metre in area / 1.5 metre rule, for Social Distancing, and also limited to 10 People.

We do offer Live Streaming for those family and friends who may not be able to attend the Funeral Service in person.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ARE THE RULES PRIOR TO THE CURRENT LOCKDOWN AND MAY NOT APPLY UNTIL RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED BY THE VICTORIAN STATE GOVERNMENT AND HEALTH AUTHORITIES.

  • The latest travel information is available on the travel updates page.
  • If you are traveling to Victoria from interstate you are required to apply for a travel permit to enter the state prior to arrival,  https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home, you will also need to apply for a permit to return to your home state prior to arrival.
  • While visiting Victoria you are required to comply with Victorian Regulations as listed above with respect to face masks and social distancing, if feeling unwell and testing.
  • Travellers must comply with the requirements of their permit, including COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine or self-isolation requirements (as applicable).
  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
  • Face masks must be worn in the following settings, unless an exception applies:
  • on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride share vehicles, and in tour vehicles
  • by visitors to a hospital or care facility (while indoors)
  • on flights to and from Victoria
  • indoors at airports
  • if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care or to get tested
  • while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care (except as part of a surveillance or other asymptomatic testing program)
  • while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Tribute Funeral Services is available to assist families following the death of a family member or friend, at this unprecedented time in Australia’s history.

Tribute Funeral Services is following the guidelines and directives of the Federal and Victorian State Government Health Authorities, while being aware of the emotional toll that organizing and coping with a Funeral Service at this time.

We trust that these measures will reduce the likelihood of spreading the COVID-19 virus, and still allow us to provide the best possible Service to our families that Tribute Funeral Services is renowned for within the Victorian Community and Funeral Industry, and the Independent Funeral Director of choice for Melbourne Families.

We have initiated the following processes to protect our families and friends, as well as our staff.

We are available to meet with family members to discuss and arrange Funeral Services, in our office, and request a limit of two (2) family members, in line with Australian Government recommendations, we will endeavor to maintain the 1.5 meter social separation spacing during the meeting, or we can arrange a phone call, if our families deem it necessary to limit face to face meetings.

We have provided staff with the necessary hygiene equipment to ensure we are doing our best to safeguard against the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Our Chapel, Reception, Meeting rooms and associated amenities at Ravenhall (Deer Park/Caroline Springs area) will be cleaned between each service and meeting or other associated event.

Traditionally Funeral Services see between 30 and 70 Family and Friends attend to pay their respects and to say their goodbyes, however in these extraordinary times, we are advising our families that we need to limit those attending a Funeral Services to Immediate Family Only, not only for the safety of our families, but also our Staff, Celebrants and Clergy.

Due to the new social distancing requirements dictated by the Federal and State Governments for gathering of the general public for events while indoors or outdoors

For Services held in our Tribute Funeral Services Chapel, we are now offering Video Streaming for those who cannot attend the service in person, due to the Social Spacing Laws, travel restrictions, or personal safety, and the service can be viewed on a PC, Tablet/iPad or Smartphone.

  • To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), stay safe by regularly washing your hands, keeping at least 1.5 metres from other people, and staying home if you feel unwell.
  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested.

Cemetery Trust seating at the graveside will continue to NOT be supplied due the social distancing requirements and the type of adjoining seating usually provided.

As a part of easing restrictions, a requirement when holding funerals to aid any future contact tracing is that a record of the contact details of all persons attending a funeral/memorial gathering are to be recorded.

The advice from DHHS in regards to the taking and keeping of attendee contact details are as follows:

Restrictions – weddings and funerals

(a) must not host a wedding or funeral, unless that wedding or funeral complies with the requirements and

(b) must request that each person who attends the wedding or funeral provide:

          (i)      their first name; and
          (ii)     a contact phone number; and,

if provided by the person, must keep a record of those details, and the date and time at which the person attended the facility.

The data will be keep for 28 days. This is two full incubation periods and makes it likely that records will be available should an investigation look back into who was potentially exposed, but would not be unduly onerous / invade privacy by keeping records for any longer than absolutely necessary to meet the purpose of the requirement.

It is the responsibility of the Funeral Director to gather, record and store this information.

Limits for GMCT & SMCT Chapels and Function facilities (Outside Lockdown Restrictions)

Chapel attendance numbers are subject to change at any time.

Venue

4SqM

2SqM

Fawkner Memorial Park

Cordell Chapel

37 people

74 people

Joyce Chapel

37 people

74 people

Crick Chapel

37 people

74 people

Catering – Fawkner Tea rooms

21 people

41 people

Northern Memorial Park

Catering – Eden room

27 people

54 people

Catering – Tanderra room

40 people

80 people

Catering – Eden & Tanderra Combined

67 people

134 people

Lilydale Memorial Park

Federation Chapel –

50 people

107 people

Catering – Candlebark Function room – 50 People – 108 people

50 people

80 people

Altona Memorial Park

Chapel of Repose

36 people

72 people

Chapel of Peace

36 people

72 people

Catering – Commemoration Centre

36 people

72 people

Preston Cemetery

Chapel (Functions Only)

23 people

45 people

Springvale Botanical Cemetery Chapels

Boyd

50 people

102 people

Atrium

30 people

61 people

Renowden 

43 people

87 people

Wilson 

25 people

51 people

Blair 

26 people

59 people

Witness Cremation Room at Springvale

3 people

6 people

Function Room – (Rooms can be Combined)

Cedar

30 people

Birch

30 people

Oak

30 people

Redwood

30 people

Botanical

37 people

Eucalypt

28 people

Bamboo

34 people

Elm Marquee

50 people

Jarrah Marquee

150 people

CCW Retreat

32 people

66 people

Bunurong Memorial Park Reflection Spaces

Stratus 

50 people

166 people

Cumulus

41 people

82 people

Cirrus 

42 people

85 people

Cumulus & Stratus combined

50 people

309 people

The Sanctuary

34 people

69 people

Witness Cremation Room at Bunurong

3 people

Function Room (Rooms can be Combined)

35 people

Olley Marquee

50 people

150 people

Independent Funeral Directors

Video Streaming Service now available for all services held at Tribute Funeral Services Chapel and off-site at any other venue across Melbourne

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