As you are all aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading globally, and measures are being put in place to reduce the spread in our community. Although we see no reason to panic, it’s important that we mitigate the risk to minimise the spread and ensure the safety of our communities, and those who are immunocompromised.
We are monitoring the situation daily through the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Safe Work Australia, DMIRS and the World Health Organisation, and will continue to implement theirs and the Governments recommendations as they come to light.
Some of the precautions Seasons are taking in response to COVID-19, include:
• At this time the Metropolitan Cemeteries are minimising gatherings at their Cemeteries and gatherings must be of 50 people or less. We recommend services are therefore conducted by invitation with Live Streaming available for all those who wish to attend.
• Gatherings at Seasons Chapels are limited to 100 people or less. Again, we wouldrecommend services are by invitation only and our Live Streaming service is available for all those who wish to attend.
• Where appropriate, and with our client family’s permission, we will include reference to Live Streaming in the published funeral notice.
• We will encourage mourners to avoid handshakes, hugging and kissing as a form of physical condolence and observe social distancing guidelines.
• All our team members are required to be healthy and well before starting their shift.
• Bathrooms will continue be stocked with hand wash/soap and disposable hand towels.
• We will increase our cleaning regime with all door handles, phones, reception desks, water filters and common areas are wiped with sanitisers regularly throughout the day
• We will ensure appropriate signage is displayed to encourage those in attendance to observe personal hygiene recommendations.
The health and wellbeing of our team and our client families is of high importance to Seasons, and we thank you for your patience during these times. We are monitoring the situation daily and will continue to take guidance from public health authorities over the coming weeks.