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:
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:
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.
You can leave home to exercise, but there are limits:
If you need to leave home, you must wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
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.
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.
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.
Fawkner Memorial Park
Catering – Fawkner Tea rooms
Northern Memorial Park
Catering – Eden room
Catering – Tanderra room
Catering – Eden & Tanderra Combined
Lilydale Memorial Park
Federation Chapel –
Catering – Candlebark Function room – 50 People – 108 people
Altona Memorial Park
Chapel of Repose
Chapel of Peace
Catering – Commemoration Centre
Chapel (Functions Only)
Springvale Botanical Cemetery Chapels
Witness Cremation Room at Springvale
Function Room – (Rooms can be Combined)
Bunurong Memorial Park Reflection Spaces
Cumulus & Stratus combined
Witness Cremation Room at Bunurong
Function Room (Rooms can be Combined)