COVID 19 information for congregations
The Premier’s media centre has provided two press releases regarding easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria
Friday 17 February in effect now
Tuesday 22 February in effect now
Face masks will no longer be required in most indoor settings (at 11.59pm Friday 25 February)
Places of worship are open to full capacity (no density quotient)
Mandatory vaccination requirements do not apply to people attending places of worship (volunteers in leading roles are required to have second dose vaccination)
An updated COVID safe plan remains a requirement
The COVID safe plan should include information on the response if a COVID infection is reported
Display appropriate signage about good hygiene and other COVID safe practices
It is recommended ventilation is maximized for gathering spaces
It is recommended that public spaces are cleaned regularly
Due to the risks of COVID-19, food, drinks, crockery, utensils and vessels (such as spoons and cups) or other communal equipment should not be shared by attendees. However, this is permitted (for Religion & Ceremony) under current COVIDSafe Settings*. If food or drinks is to be shared, servers should wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser after handling used crockery and cutlery. All communal equipment should be thoroughly cleaned between uses.
*If the use of the common cup is resumed at this time we recommend due consideration and care for all members and particularly for vulnerable people, and that it be cleaned with an alcohol wipe between each communicant.
Under current restrictions in Victoria some workers are required to receive a booster vaccination. At this time it is not yet mandatory for religious workers (including volunteers) with regard to places of worship. If sighting proof of second dose of vaccine has not yet been recorded please ensure this happens immediately. Please note that if visiting in a school, hospital or aged care centre or other care facility these agencies will have higher level requirements.
The Victorian COVID hotline number is 1800 675 398. Please call this number for advice specific to your circumstances.
Tasmania Public Health COVID-19
Read more HERE about gathering limits and COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities Framework last updated 22 February including Churches, places of worship and funeral homes
The Check In Tas app is now in use
Vaccination Information for Tasmania
The Tasmanian Public Health Hotline is 1800 671 738
Victoria and Tasmania District Church Council’s statement on COVID-safe communities can be found HERE