Operational updates

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GMCT remains operational

We will continue to provide burial, cremation and interment services, and will continue to maintain safe and accessible cemetery grounds. Our customer care and bookings teams will still remain fully operational, but as this situation evolves please be patient if wait times are higher than usual.

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Reminder: Mandatory face coverings at funerals, and across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

From 11:59 PM on Wednesday 22 July, wearing face coverings when attending funerals and visiting our cemeteries and memorial parks will be compulsory for all funeral directors, mourners, visitors and GMCT staff.

Celeste Catering will continue to operate takeaway services and funeral catering for up to 10 people only.

As advised by the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS), people not wearing a face covering will risk a $200 fine, unless they have a valid reason for an exception, which includes:

  • Infants and children under the age of 12 years. 

  • A person who is affected by a relevant medical condition - including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition. This also includes people communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to that person’s health and safety related to their work, as determined through OH&S guidelines.

Please ensure all those attending a funeral are aware of the requirements to wear a face covering, and help us stop the spread of coronavirus. For further information regarding mandatory face coverings, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.


20 July 2020 Update: Mandatory use of face coverings

As advised by Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), from 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July 2020 all Victorians will be required to wear a face mask or covering when leaving home:

  • When leaving home for one of the four reasons, people 12 years and older must wear a face covering, unless an exemption applies*

Funeral Directors and mourners will be required to wear a face covering when attending funerals at GMCT sites once the new restrictions come into effect.

Until then, wearing face covering is strongly encouraged, and we ask all funeral directors and mourners to wear face covering if attending a funeral in the meantime.

Wearing a face covering adds a physical barrier to protect you and our communities from coronavirus (COVID-19), in addition to keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others and washing your hands.

For further clarifications, please visit the DHHS website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

*Refer to the DHHS website for exemptions


13 July 2020: Update on stage 3 lockdowns

In accordance with the most recent advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), all GMCT cemeteries and memorial parks remain open under the following conditions:

  • Funerals can be held with up to 10 people plus those required to conduct the service.

  • Celeste Catering are providing funeral catering for a maximum of 10 people, and takeaway café service only.

  • People can visit our cemeteries with one other person, or members of theirhousehold, maintaining physical distance of at least 1.5 metres.

  • The Chief Health Officer recommends adults wear a face mask when outside the home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.

The best preventative measures remain good hygiene and social distancing. We are taking all the necessary precautions to protect our customers, business partners and staff, and we trust you’re doing the same.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to slow the spread and beat COVID-19.

For up-to-date information from DHHS, please visit: https://bit.ly/2O4zK78


8 July update: Return of stage 3 "stay at home" restrictions

From Thursday 9 July, metropolitan Melbourne will return to stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions for the next six weeks.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has advised “funerals can be held with up to 10 people plus those required to conduct the service”

Funeral directors, please note that if your bookings have been affected, we will be reaching out to see how we can best support you and your customers. Alternatively, please call us on 1300 848 411.

We also understand how this may affect your customers. Please encourage them to visit our COVID-19 resources page and reach out if they need support.

For the most up-to-date information from DHHS, please visit: https://bit.ly/2O4zK78


3 July update

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has further advised that visiting a cemetery in a restricted postcode is not permitted unless attending a funeral.

This affects Fawkner Memorial Park and Northern Memorial Park.

Funerals are excepted, with a maximum of 10 mourners allowed for services at Fawkner and Northern Memorial Parks.

Due to these restrictions, funerals are only permitted to enter via 1187 Sydney Road (Fawkner Memorial Park) or 56 Box Forest Road (Northern Memorial Park). All other access gates are closed.

All other GMCT sites remain fully operational and open to visitors.


1 July update

The Department of Health and Human Services has advised that from 2 July 2020, funerals and functions held in a restricted postcode will be limited to 10 people plus those required to conduct the funeral.

This affects Fawkner Memorial Park and Northern Memorial Park.

Please note that if your bookings have been affected, we will be reaching out to you, and will provide you with options wherever possible. Alternatively, please call the bookings team on 1300 848 411.

Services held at our other sites remain as per previously advised limits.