Published: 2 January 2021Released by: The Premier
Statement from Gladys Berejiklian and Brad Hazzard
Given the general risk in Greater Sydney, new measures are required to reduce the transmission potential of COVID-19 while maintaining economic activity.
The following measures for Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) are effective from midnight tonight (Saturday);
- Face masks will be mandatory in the following indoor settings: shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres), public/shared transport, indoor entertainment (including cinemas and theatres), places of worship, hair and beauty premises. Face masks will also be mandatory for all staff in hospitality venues and casinos and for patrons using gaming services. Compliance will start from Monday, 4 January 2021 with $200 on the spot fines for individuals for non-compliance. Children under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
- Gym classes reduced to 30 people.
- Places of worship and religious services limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people per separate area.
- Weddings and funerals limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people.
- Outdoor performances and protests reduced to 500 people.
- Controlled, outdoor gatherings (seated, ticketed, enclosed) reduced to 2,000 people.
- Night clubs not permitted.
People are still encouraged to limit non-essential gatherings and reduce their mobility where possible to further minimise the risk of transmission in the community.
Whilst these measures do not apply to areas outside Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains), we urge all residents and visitors across the State to practise COVID safe behaviours and get tested even if symptoms are mild.
We thank the community for their patience and understanding.
Our priority is always to protect the health and safety of the community.
For our church (OLMC) from midnight 2nd January 2021 it means:
All Masses and baptisms – maximum of 100 participants.
Funerals – maximum of 100 participants.
Weddings – maximum of 100 participants.
The above numbers all provide for the four square metre space around each person, with the exception of people from the same household.
In addition to the requirements stated above, people attending a religious service will be required to provide their name and contact details when they enter so that they can be used for contact tracing.
When entering the Church or Chapel, parishioners are asked to use the hand sanitisers before signing in. Please DO NOT go to your seat without sanitising your hands or signing in.
Parishioners must not mingle before, during or after Mass since social distancing rules cannot be easily observed.
The COVIDSafe app is a tool that helps identify people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family.
For further information please go to: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools and click on COVID Safe App