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LG Alert

The State Government recently introduced provisions to restrict the number of people who could attend a funeral in WA. Further provisions were introduced on 7 April 2020.

Under the provisions:

  • No more than 10 people can attend a funeral. 
  • People who are needed to conduct the funeral, such as the funeral director and the funeral celebrant, are generally not included as part of the 10-person limit (unless in a small (indoor or outdoor) venue and impacted by prohibited gathering requirements).
  • A person can apply to the State Emergency Coordinator (or delegate) for approval to allow more than 10 people to attend a funeral.

Social distancing requirements must still be observed at any funeral. A person can apply for approval for more than 10 people to attend a funeral, as long as at least four square metres of space for each person is maintained.

For more information on community activities such as funerals, please read the Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions on the WA Government website.

Changes to applications for an approval 

The process to apply for an approval to allow more than 10 people to attend a funeral has recently changed.  

Applications for an approval will now be processed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

An application form for more than 10 at a funeral is available on our website.

To obtain approval, the application form must be sent as early as possible to

Community information 

The Department of Health has prepared a fact sheet on funerals and Sorry Business during the coronavirus pandemic.


Page reviewed 30 July 2019