Level 2 – Changes to Funerals and Tangihanga
To stop the spread or threat of future spread, people should aim to continue to minimise the number of people attending a funeral to a maximum of 10 under Level 2.
However, Groups of 10 can rotate through a venue for a funeral or Tangihanga with the agreement of the Funeral Director.
Funerals and Tangihanga with between 11 and 50 people can happen IF the Funeral Directors is advised in advance and gains agreement from the Ministry of Health by completing a Registration of Intended Service Form and a Contact Tracing Form is used a the Funeral or Tangihanga.
· Registration of intended service form (PDF, 89 KB)
· Contact tracing form (PDF, 28 KB)
These guidelines will be reviewed regularly and may change as we move through the national emergency Alert Levels.
We want to reassure you, we follow all the advice and systems put in place by New Zealand Medical/Health Authorities.
And your health and the health of our staff is our top priority!
Rest assured as Professionals, that we are fully trained in how to handle and prepare the deceased. We understand the dangers and will take every care with the deceased, your families and our staff.
We will take the time to communicate with you any new requirements from the health authorities, and we ask that you would inform us if you have any concerns or suspect that the deceased or one of your family has been in contact with potentially infected people or may be infected with Covid 19. We can also offer full web streaming of any gathering from our Thames Chapel.
All our facilities already follow the very highest hygiene practices, but we have increased the cleaning protocols throughout all of our facilities, using hospital-level disinfectants, just to be extra safe.
Coronavirus is most likely spread from person to person through:
- Direct close contact with a person while they’re infectious
- Contact with droplets of bodily fluids when an infected person coughs or sneezes
- Contact with an object/surface (with viral particles) and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
Dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information
The number is 0800 358 5453 (or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453).
It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We can offer full free streaming of any gathering from our Thames Chapel.