Preparing to celebrate the life of a loved one can be daunting. Our current circumstances make this more complex as we respond to a balance between honouring our loved one's and providing safe setting in which we gather. Here you will find current information about how we at St David's are seeking to balance these needs. I hope that this information provides a clear and up-to-date guide for those considering organising or attending a funeral at St David's.
The following are the current guidelines that we have for Funerals.
How many can attend?
Funerals may be attended by a maximum of 200 people but we are limited to only 70 participants inside the church. Physical distancing and hygiene requirements must be observed. The Queensland Government can provide exemptions in relation to attendance limits at funerals.
N.B. It is important that, if people are unwell, they do not attend the funeral.
Can I just turn up?
To enable our parish to comply with our responsibilities it is necessary that people only attend if they have been registered before hand. Unfortunately even those standing outside the church must have registered beforehand. Funeral directors and Parish representatives will be making sure all who attend are registered to do so. If requested, this information will be provided to public health officers. The information will be securely stored, will not be used for any other purpose and deleted after 56 days.
The following contact information is required about all guests.
- Full name
- Email address or physical address
- Time in
- Time out
Where do I register to attend?
You will find details of individual funerals at [events section](https://www.stdavidschelmer.com.au/events) of this website which will including a link to register and Live Streaming details if available.
- Based on the current evidence, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) considers that the following vulnerable people are at higher risk of serious illness if they are infected with the virus:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions.
- People 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions. Conditions included in the definition of ‘chronic medical conditions’ will be refined as more evidence emerges. The most current list can be accessed on the [Department of Health website](https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/advice-for-people-at-risk-of-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-chronic-health-conditions).
- People 70 years and older.
- People with compromised immune systems (see [Department of Health website](https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/advice-for-people-at-risk-of-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-chronic-health-conditions)).
Government advice for people in vulnerable groups continues to be:
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- Stay at home and avoid contact with others.
N.B. All individuals must stay away if feeling unwell, even if mildly so. If any attendee displays any cold-like / flu-like symptoms, they must be directed to leave. People with these symptoms should be encouraged to follow the advice of the Chief Health Officer and to promptly organise to get a Coronavirus test.