The safety and wellbeing of our community, our visitors and our team members is our number one priority. We are closely monitoring the advice from the Government and Ministry of Health and will be updating our customers via our website and social media platforms as new information becomes available.
Alert Level 3
Who do I go to for guidance?
Funeral directors have details of new arrangements for the cemetery and crematorium.
Will burials and cremations be allowed?
At Alert Level 3, a maximum of 10 people may gather to farewell loved ones. That number includes celebrants and funeral home staff. Two-metre physical distancing is required for people from different bubbles. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs to stay at home.
Is the chapel open?
Yes. Greenwood Chapel may be booked for a service of 15 or 30 minutes. Families may choose the day, but we will allot the time. This is because the chapel will be commercially cleaned between services and we need to sensibly space bookings to enable that.
Are there restrictions on chapel services?
No more than 10 people may attend a service. Sound or photo shows cannot be included as cemetery staff will not be available to operate the technology.
Does the maximum of 10 people include a celebrant?
Yes. The Government has been clear that only 10 people in total may attend a burial or cremation, including funeral home staff and a celebrant.
Can we choose a burial plot?
Family members usually visit the cemetery and meet with staff to look at different options. In the current environment, this would place our staff in an unsafe position. While families may choose a burial lawn, cemetery staff will choose a plot. Naturally this does not apply if a plot has been pre-purchased.
Can I visit my loved ones?
Yes. Hamilton Park Cemetery gates will be partially open from 9am to 3pm on weekdays with a QR code to sign in so we can enable contact tracing if necessary. The gates will be closed at other times but people can still enter on foot. Please make sure you keep two metres away from other visitors. The toilets remain closed.