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Important Community Notice

Last updated 24 June 2022

The health and safety of our community and staff is our top priority and we thank you for working with us during these difficult times.

The Holy Resurrection, as space for prayer and community for the Antiochian Community

Rookwood General Cemetery (RGC) is pleased to announce an initiative of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines: a dedicated burial ground and The Holy Resurrection, a space for prayer and reflection.


Increased Weather Warning & Omicron On The Rise

Due to the ongoing unprecedented rain events across NSW, Rookwood Cemetery has been severely affected. Additionally, the impact of covid-19 on our staff numbers, has further hindered our ability to maintain our grounds to our usual high standard. Consequently, lawn-mowing, topping up of graves, and general grounds upkeep are not as readily executed. We understand the inconvenience that these events are causing our families, communities, and visitors. 

Please be assured that whilst contractors have been engaged to assist our staff with the clean-up, our priorities, must remain with visitor safety, and providing quality funeral and memorial services to families.

With regard to cemetery safety please be aware of the increased risks that arise with severe weather events. To ensure the safety of everyone onsite, we are continuously assessing hazards caused by the weather and  some areas may be closed from time to time if they are identified as posing a greater risk and/or requiring extensive cleaning. 

We encourage visitors to adopt safe practices including wearing secure appropriate flat non slip footwear, taking extra care when walking around the cemetery, following guidance by our staff, driving within the speed limit of 40 kms throughout the cemetery and not entering areas that have been closed.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Covid-19 Restrictions & Guidelines 

As the current COVID situation continues to evolve, Rookwood General Cemetery is doing everything possible to limit disruption to services and keep our families, employees and community safe.

Some staff are working remotely and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we resolve issues locally. If you are planning a funeral service, we urge you to engage with us as early as possible so that we can continue to deliver the best outcomes for families at their time of need.

As a reminder, we ask all visitors to our cemetery sites to ensure they comply with the current NSW Health restrictions.

The following measures apply to funerals in Greater Sydney.

  • No restrictions on unvaccinated people attending funerals
  • No attendance or density limits on funerals
  • Masks are highly encouraged for indoor settings including Chapels where you cannot maintain a safe distance from other and during family appointments. 
  • Singing permitted, both performers and attendees


Chapel capacities including All Souls, Chapel of Eternal Rest, Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church and Beit Tephilla now have no density limits due to the 1 in 2 sqm restriction ending. 


Function venues

Number of Guests that can be accommodated 

  Sapphire Room

120 seated


300 standing

  Topaz Room

60 seated

120 standing

  Amber Room

60 seated

120 standing


Please feel free to consult Services NSW. We thank you for helping us to comply with the latest NSW Government requirements.  We will continue to review our measures to comply with the Public Health Orders and to keep our families and community safe.  For enquiries, please call 8575 8100 or email info@rookwoodcemetery.com.au.