Sydney churches revert to four-square-metre rule

Young people at St Michael’s Parish in Belfield, Sydney, take part in a Advent procession last week (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Churches across Greater Sydney will today revert to the four-square-metre rule as authorities scramble to contain a new COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney’s northern beaches region. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

The measure was announced at a media conference in Sydney yesterday led by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

The new restriction of one person to four square meters with a maximum cap of 300 attendees will apply to church gatherings in the Greater Sydney area.

Mr Hazzard has also indicated that there would be a maximum of five people allowed to sing at Masses; these would need to be socially distanced and no congregational singing will be allowed.

The restrictions came into effect at midnight and would be reviewed on Thursday ahead of Christmas Masses, Ms Berejiklian said.

The new limits are a blow to religious communities, disrupting plans for Christmas services after a year in which church services were significantly reduced by public health restrictions.

Meanwhile, the popular Lights of Christmas display at St Mary’s Cathedral was cancelled at the weekend. People who planned to attend the event are encouraged to check the event website for updates.

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NSW churches revert to 4-square-metre rule (By Peter Rosengren, The Catholic Weekly)

Lights of Christmas (Sydney Archdiocese)

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