COVID-19 UPDATE 27TH JUNE 2020
As of Sunday 27th June 2020, Western Australia moved to the Phase 4 of the Corona virus restrictions meaning that Funerals numbers are now limited to the size of the building if holding a Funeral inside. Gathering limits for inside buildings are determined by WA’s reduced 2 square meter rule and the 1.5meter social distancing requirement remains in place. This means at Esperance Funeral Services, we are still limited to 40 people plus staff in our chapel due to the size of the building. Outside numbers are only determined by the 2 square meter per person rule and being able to practice social distancing. Please note that families still have the option to record or live stream the funeral service. Please ask us for details. We also respectfully request that if you are feeling unwell with flu like symptoms that you refrain from attending funerals or coming in to our premises. Thank you for your understanding.
COVID-19 UPDATE 8TH JUNE 2020
As of Monday 8th June 2020, we are now able to have 100 attendees (plus Funeral Staff/Celebrant/Minister) for a Funeral Service indoors and up to 300 outdoors. We welcome these changes, however we must still adhere to the current restrictions of numbers, and the social distancing rules of one person per 2 square meter rule will apply. That means, at Esperance Funeral Services, we are still limited to 40 people plus staff due to the the size of our chapel, so families wanting larger numbers will have to consider using other venues.
Once again, thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
COVID-19 UPDATE 18.05.2020
As of Monday 18th May 2020, we are now able to have 20 attendees (plus Funeral Staff/Celebrant/Minister) for a Funeral Service indoors, or 30 attendees are able to attend a service outdoors.
This does not mean that 20 people can be inside a venue and 30 people outside for the same funeral. The total number per funeral must be either 20 inside and 30 for outside.
It is welcome news that the numbers have increased, and as we move forward and continue to adhere to the guidelines, we are hopeful that restrictions might ease even further in the coming weeks.
Update 25th March 2020
It is with great sadness that we advise our community of further funeral restrictions. Funerals to be held from today, March 26 must be limited to 10 attendees. The funeral limit of 10 people includes the priest / celebrant, staff and mourners for funerals held inside and outside where the 1 person per 4 square metre social distancing rule applies.
This announcement was made by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday (24/03/2020) as an extension to the national Covid-19 restrictions.
We will be in touch with all families we are currently working with to discuss these unprecedented changes and how we will do our best to ensure a loving farewell.
As front line workers, we do understand the decision-making behind these measures to protect the vulnerable families we interact with every day and reduce community spread. The Covid-19 pandemic is a severe threat to our community and we need play our part. Please be assured that we will do our best to arrange recordings of services. There is also the option of hosting a larger memorial services at a later date when deemed safe. We also ask for your cooperation in not attending services or arrangements if you have any symptoms of illness even the slightest sore throat. We ask for the same cooperation if you have been in contact with a person diagnosed with Covid-19 within 14 days. We understand that these measures are especially difficult during a time of grief where a hug, kiss and handshake are natural ways to show care but we do know that COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person, mostly face-to-face.
In addition to the above measures, our office is closed and appointments will need to be made to arrange funerals. This will be done over the phone initially, and then one family member can deliver the documentation and clothing etc.
Please keep safe and minimise your risk of exposure
19th March 2020
Following advice and direction from the W.A branch of the Australian Funeral Directors Association and the Health Department of WA, we must make significant changes to our Funeral Services.
Until further notice, only immediate family (max. 50) are permitted to attend funerals unless arrangements were already in place.
Sympathy cards, messages and flowers can be sent to us at our office at Lot 818 Woods Street, Esperance, or our email address is email@example.com.
It saddens us that we have to implement these changes but spending 15 minutes within 1.5 meters of another person is a risk. The Covid-19 pandemic is a severe threat to our community and we need to play our part in slowing the spread.
To family attending, please refrain from touch, use the hand over heart gesture, carry your own pen & umbrella, carry hand gel and wash hands often. If you are sick or elderly, please stay at home.
We understand that these measures are especially difficult during a time of grief where a hug, kiss and handshake are natural ways to show care but we do know that COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person, mostly face-to-face.
Please stay safe.