COVID-19 - Update 23/11/2020
As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly changing and affecting our lives, Yan Yean Cemetery is still committed in servicing the needs of our community and following the latest advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to adjust our services and practices to protect the health and welfare of employees, contractors and the community.
We encourage everyone to continue to follow all Victorian Government directives and take steps every day to keep ourselves and others safe.
We understand how difficult the current circumstances and its impacts are, especially during the loss of a loved one.
Updated Third Step restrictions from 11.59pm 22/11/2020:
- Face masks or face covering must still be used inside and if you can not social distance.
- There are currently no limits with funeral gatherings outside and inside, however a venue will be subject to the 2 per square meter rule to ensure the 1.5mtr distance is kept. If a funeral is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
- Funeral Directors and/or the celebrant are required to keep records of each person attending a funeral, for contact tracing purposes.
- You can visit a cemetery, the same outdoor social gathering rules apply on our grounds. Children under 12 months of age are not included in the limit. All visitors must observe social distancing and mask guidelines.
For further information, please visit the DHHS website.
The use of our chapel will continue to remain suspended until further notice.
The office also continues to be unattended as we are working remotely, nevertheless we will endeavour to minimise disruptions and to continue to attend to the needs of the community.
We are still operating and can be contacted by calling the office or by email:
Office: 9716 2619 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Face masks and/or coverings where social distance can not be maintained.
Plaque orders can be made by email or calling the office with the desired inscription.
Our gates remain open, car access is from 7am to 8.30pm and pedestrian access 24hrs a day, we ask you follow current restrictions guidelines, for the wellbeing of everyone.
We ask you to follow the national guidelines and limit attendees to the allowed maximum. We recommend you bring your own bars, lowering tapes and/or device to minimise cross contamination, and lower the chances of spreading the virus, also the use of disposable gloves. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Monumental masons can conduct their work, subject to new regulations. Stone Masons are required to notify the office at least 24 hrs prior to attending, have a COVIDSafe Plan and follow any indications by cemetery staff.
Stone Masons should seek their own independent advice regarding their industry.
Grave selection at Yan Yean Cemetery has always been the next available grave in the area. Families can choose if they would like a Plaque Lawn, Headstone Lawn, Monumental Grave or Vault, but not the location of the grave site (see our memorial options page). This continues with the current circumstances and we strongly recommend families not go to the office as it is unattended.
During this difficult time, it is important to remember that we are a community and to look after one another, staying safe.
We thank you for your understanding and patience and we wish everyone to remain safe.
Yan Yean Cemetery Management
All temporary structures are strictly prohibited, any unauthorize structure, including: temporary fences, a box surrounding a grave site, matting, seats, etc. will be removed at the Trusts discretion. The Trust has a legal obligation to ensure the safety of visitors, contractors and staff, these temporary structures do not adhere to OH&S standards and can be dangerous and cause harm. These structures become the responsibility of families who place them, if an incident was to occur you may be held liable.
Cemetery Grounds Maintenance
We are currently experiencing a wet season, as a result there is a lot of water in the grounds causing some puddles and mud, please be careful while visiting the cemetery.
The Trust is committed in the maintenance of the cemetery grounds. One aspect is the health and the safety of the trees within the cemetery. A recent major assessment of the trees has been carried out by an Arborist, from the Arborist recommendations over the next 12 months there will be works on our trees, some more significant than others, this will include removal of dangerous and sick trees, maintenance and protection of existing trees, and replanting.
Fire Within the Cemetery
The Trust values and respects the traditions and religious practices of our community. However, we must uphold the requirements of the law.
On TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYS, it is prohibited to light candles, oil lamps or any flames.
On FIRE DANGER PERIODS please do not leave candles & oil lamps or any other flames unattended.
Fire Danger Period: 14/12/2020 - 01/05/2021
Yan Yean Cemetery Trust is not able to sell graves and cremated memorial options pre-need at this stage. All sites are reserved for at need use only.
Pre-need sale means a transaction for the sale of a Right of Interment (deed) concerning to a grave, vault or memorial of any type, which is purchased in advance of the need to exercise the Right.
At-need sale means a transaction for the sale of a Right of Interment (deed) concerning to a grave, vault or memorial of any type, which is purchased at the time of or in combination with a funeral booking.
The Trust apologises for any inconvenience caused due to current enhancements. Our staff and contractors will endeavour to minimise disruptions while works are being carried out.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, we are confident that the results will please and benefit our community.