The NSW Government has relaxed restrictions for places of worship and gyms as the state recorded two new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19.
From this Friday (23rd October 2020), the number of people who can attend religious gatherings will be lifted from 100 to 300, subject to the 4–square-metre rule.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said religious leaders had expressed “concern and frustration” at having to turn people away from services.
“So the [increase to] 300 will make a huge difference,” he said.
Mr Hazzard has strongly advised those attending services to wear masks.
Congregational singing, the sign of peace and passing of the collection plate continue to be suspended at this time. NSW Health has endorsed the use of a soloist only at Masses and if a small choir is used, members of the choir should stand at least 3 metres apart from each other.
All parishes must ensure that their churches are not left unattended when their doors are open and must keep written records with names and contact details of everyone who comes into the church at any time and these records must be kept for at least 4 weeks.
Parishes are advised to designate specific people to monitor the sign-in process and to make sure all people attending Masses are registering (at least one person from each family group).
Parishioners must not mingle before, during or after Mass since social distancing rules cannot be easily observed.
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