COVID-19 NSW restrictions on Religious Gatherings & Events

COVID-19 restrictions on Church gatherings such as Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Worship

What are the current NSW COVID-19 restrictions on church gatherings such as Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms and for Worship?

UPDATE: 12 June 2020

The NSW Government has released amendments which take effect 13 June 2020. This is a summary of the changes that will affect churches and other places of worship.

1. Weddings can have up to 20 guests plus the couple, the persons necessary for conducting or assisting in the service or gathering, one photographer and one videographer.

2. Funerals or memorial services can have up to 50 persons, plus the persons necessary for the conduct of, or assisting in the conduct of, the service or gathering, including, for example - the funeral celebrant or minister of religion, and the funeral directors. 

3. Religious services can have up to 50 persons, plus the persons necessary for the conduct of, or assisting in the conduct of, the service.

In each of the above cases, contact details must be kept of each person attending the wedding, funeral, baptism or gathering. The minimum details that must be recorded are the person’s name and a contact phone number, so that they can be used for contact tracing. 

Where that service or gathering is held anywhere other than a place of residence, must ensure that there is at least 4 square meters of space for each person at the service or gathering.


 

From Friday 15 May, 2020:

1. Weddings can have up to 10 guests plus the couple, the persons necessary for conducting or assisting in the conduct of the service, one photographer, and one videographer.

2. Indoor funerals and memorial services can have up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30 mourners, plus (in both cases) those persons necessary for conducting or assisting in the conduct of the funeral such as the minister and funeral directors

3. Religious gatherings such as Baptisms and places of worship can have a maximum of 10 people, excluding the persons necessary for the conduct of, or assisting in the conduct of, the service.

Services can be streamed or recorded to enable people to engage in worship or the service.

In each of the above cases, contact details must be kept of each person attending the wedding, funeral, baptism or gathering. The minimum details that must be recorded are the person’s name and a contact phone number, so that they can be used for contact tracing.

The church premises must continue to be closed to the public, and only those people arranged to gather there may be permitted to enter.

Previous exemptions continue, ie Church premises can continue to be used:

  • as a workplace, by both paid staff and volunteers.
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to provide childcare facilities

Stay Safe

As our community becomes more active, it's important that we

On that note, here's a photo that brought a smile to my face and I hope it brings a smile to yours :)

Social Distancing Baptism


For more information on what you can and can't do under the COVID-19 Rules, please visit: 

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules