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COVID-19 Information

Updated 12 August 2020

At 12.00 noon Wednesday 12 August Auckland moves to Level 3 and the rest of NZ to Level 2

Funerals scheduled for TODAY and the next 3 days at least will need to follow the guidelines set out below:

Where possible if you can we would recommend deferring funerals.

AUCKLAND REGION ALERT LEVEL 3
Alert level 3 requirements for the Auckland region from 12:00 noon today: 

  • Gatherings of up to 10 people at a time for weddings services, funerals and tangihanga
  • Additional conditions on gatherings
    - physical distancing and infection prevention control requirements must be met
    - all gatherings must record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary
    - no participants allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms or who need to be in isolation/quarantine for any reason


REST OF THE COUNTRY ALERT LEVEL 2
Alert level 2 requirements for the rest of the country from 12:00 noon today: 

  • Gatherings of up to 100 people at a time for weddings services, funerals and tangihanga
    - physical distancing and infection prevention control requirements must be met
    - all gatherings must record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary, unless all people at the gathering know each other
    - all venues can open for the purposes of dining
    - No participants allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms or who need to be in isolation/quarantine for any reason

To refresh you on Level 3 and Level 2 please refer to this link: https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/new-zealands-alert-levels-are-changing-at-12-noon-on-wednesday-12-august/

Contact your local FDANZ Funeral Director who will be able to assist you with the planning and preparation of a funeral or tangihanga. 

EXEMPTIONS FROM MANAGED ISOLATION TO ATTEND FUNERALS & TANGIHANGA SUSPENDED

All compassionate exemptions from managed isolation have been suspended. No one in managed isolation is allowed to attend funerals or tangihanga, due to the number of attendees usually present. These may be reinstated later, but people entering New Zealand should not expect to be granted compassionate exemptions for grieving with family, spending time with someone at end of life, or attending funerals or tangihanga. COVID-19 could now spread quickly at these gatherings, and that risk must be avoided.

Useful COVID-19 Grief Resources 

COVID-19 Grief Resource - When no funeral, tangi or farewell gatherings can take place
Funeral Directors Association NZ

Getting through Together
Mental Health Foundation NZ

There are many organisations that offer help and support for grief and trauma ranging from resources, counselling and support groups. Read more here