Singing indoors during church services

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

Dear all,

We have received further clarification about singing indoors.

The simple message from NSW Health is:

  • Unmasked =
  1. part of a choir (up to 50 choristers) upfront, socially distanced apart (1.5m), facing the audience and at least 5 metres from the audience/congregation
  2. children under 12 years of age
  • Masked = singing as part of a congregation more generally (no limit in number other than as determined by the 1 person per 2sqm rule)

As we advised in our last Update dated 10 December:

  1. Wearing a mask in NSW is not mandatory.  However, NSW Health “strongly recommends” people wear a mask when unable to physically distance, particularly in indoor settings, to keep everyone safe.
  2. Each Minister and Session must decide how they wish to advise their people and allow the liberty of choice to their congregational members.  Sometimes, exercising personal liberties can adversely affect others, so wisdom is needed in every case.
  3. There are no restrictions stopping the congregation standing to sing.

We hope this helps clarify current restrictions and messaging from NSW Health.

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 share this communication.

Kind regards,

Jeof Falls and Rev. Andrew Campbell (NSW Moderator)