Outdoor Religious Services, Singing and Carols

MESSAGE TO MINISTERS, HOME MISSIONARIES, SESSION CLERKS, TREASURERS, COM SECRETARIES AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

Dear all,

The NSW Premier and NSW Health have released the attached media statement.

From Monday, 23 November the following restrictions will be eased:

Increased capacity for outdoor religious services:

  • Up to 500 people outdoors, provided the audience is seated (with 1 person per 2 square metres if assigned a seat, or 1 person per 4 square metres if seated in an allocated seated area (e.g. where the grass is marked or on picnic rugs).

Increased capacity for outdoors singing and carols:

  • Up to 30 singers will be permitted outdoors, subject to COVID-safe requirements (the limit of 5 remains for indoor venues).  The audience or congregation may participate in the singing, but anyone 12 years or older must wear a mask.

We will seek to provide further clarity on this announcement in coming days.  But, it is good news for those congregations with large outdoor spaces. 

Unfortunately, the maximum number indoors remains subject to the 4 square metre rule, although we continue to advocate for this restriction to be eased.  Hopefully the next announcement will have good news for indoor services.

From 1 December, capacity at funerals will increase to 300 people.

No other changes have been announced in respect of Places of Worship, so please continue to refer to the COVID-19 Guidelines and Safety Plan for Places of Worship.

Please note that this change relates only to churches in New South Wales, and our colleagues in the ACT will need to continue to refer to ACT Government Public Health directions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in Church Offices should you have any questions or require assistance in interpreting the restrictions to your local circumstances.

Please share this communication.

Kind regards,
Jeoffrey R Falls 
General Manager | Chief Executive Officer