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Planning a funeral during alert level 2

Thursday May 14 2020

The government has relaxed the rules on numbers at funerals and tangihanga, enabling funeral directors to seek approval to allow up to 50 people to attend at any one time.

The Ministry of Health must be satisfied that a range of public health measures can consistently be met, such as physical distancing, hand hygiene and no food and drink congregations afterwards.

Funeral directors must register each funeral with the Ministry of Health if numbers are to be between 11 and 50 people, using the registration of intended service form located on the Ministry’s website:

Palmerston North City Council will permit short memorial services following the burial, providing public health measures such as distancing are met.

Fill your own burials are now permitted at alert level 2. Families must bring and use their own shovels for hygiene reasons.

Unveilings are also permitted, providing these have been booked with the cemetery office and the contact tracing form is submitted in advance.

Everyone attending a gathering at the cemetery must always follow the level 2-requirements for physical distancing, which is one metre.

Under alert level 2 the cemetery administrator can now accept and process applications to install memorials.

There is still no public access to the crematorium.