FUNERAL services across the Hunter will go ahead as planned, but attendance will be restricted to 10 people or less.
In an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, the federal government restricted funeral services to 10 people from Wednesday night.
Many funeral directors moved to assure family's that they could live stream, webcast or record services for people unable to attend.
Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA) president Andrew Pinder said services would still be held across the Hunter and strict social distancing rules would be enforced.
"Our members are absolutely committed to providing a respectful and inclusive farewell despite the strict limitations on physical attendance," he said.
"We are ensuring the families visiting our locations are taking the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and stay healthy."
Fearing further social restrictions could be implemented in coming weeks, the ADFA is lobbying the Morrison government for its members to be classified as essential businesses so services can continue.
"This classification will ensure ongoing confidence the AFDA members can continue to care for the deceased and their families through this difficult period," Mr Pinder said.
"Including the continuation of live streamed services should further restrictions come into place...
"Families who are seeking funeral services should feel confident that their loves ones will be farewelled safely and respectfully."
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