Community Advice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
9 July 2020
MCK Office Update
The MCK administrative office in St Kilda is CLOSED.
To report a death, please call 03 9534 0208 (24/7).
Administration matters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and Accounts matters to email@example.com
Funeral Attendance Guidelines
MCK understands that these are trying times for us all, especially for families dealing with grief and loss, and we are here to guide you through the current Government guidelines. We are therefore instituting the following for all Funerals as of Thursday 9 July and respectfully expect full compliance.
The Victorian Government has restricted the number of attendees at a funeral to a maximum of no more than 10 people with social distancing directives applying both inside the Chapel and outside in the cemetery.
The Rabbi plus 10 family members (as chosen by the family) will attend in the chapel for a web streamed service.
MCK staff and are not included in the 10 attendees. MCK staff will act as pallbearers escorting the deceased to the grave.
All individuals MUST always adhere to social distancing and the 1 person per 4 sq metre rule everywhere (chapel, gravesite, roadways, pathways and carpark) .
Download attendance register : http://mck.org.au/resources/Attendee%20Register%20Funeral%20COVID-19
Link to Prayers for a Funeral Service: http://mck.org.au/resources/Prayers%20at%20a%20Funeral%20Service
Consecration Attendance Guidelines
Consecrations may NOT be scheduled as per current Government guidelines until further notice.
Minyan and Shiva Guidelines
As per Government guidelines, NO visitors are allowed in the house. Please refer to your Rabbi for guidance.
Cemeteries are open as usual. You can visit a cemetery with one other person, or members of your household. You should maintain physical distance of at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
Due to current Government directives regarding social distancing MCK has instituted the following policy effective immediately;
- All Funerals are by family invitation only.
- The family of the deceased are to personally invite only close family/friends to attend at the cemetery (maximum 10).
- If a minyan (10) of Jewish men are not available, MCK will ensure that there are 10 Jewish men in attendance.
- All Chapel services will be webstreamed, allowing everyone to participate remotely.
- Social distancing within the Chapel will be expected.
- Hand sanitiser will be available.
- For advice regarding Minyan and Shiva etiquette, please refer to your Rabbi.
13 March 2020: Please be advised that while assisting families following the passing of a loved one (irrespective of the cause of passing) and bringing that person into our care, our Funeral Attendants will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as prescribed by The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS ) to protect both families and ourselves during the current period of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns.
As an essential community service we must attend and perform our duties, so the PPE equipment is now a mandatory requirement. We apologise if this causes any extra stress at this already sensitive time.
When attending a Funeral please be mindful of all the precautions and guidelines issued by Government and Communal bodies regarding public gatherings and social distancing. Obviously, please refrain from kissing, hugging and hand shaking mourners or other attendees.
As a community service MCK will be offering all families free webstreaming of the Shtiebel service, allowing friends to particpate from home, rather than attending a large community gathering.