New social distancing rules and caps on the number of people allowed in churches are among new restrictions in South Australia as the state moves to contain a coronavirus outbreak. Source: The Southern Cross.
In a letter to parishes, Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan has advised of the new restrictions relating to places of worship which came into effect at midnight.
Churches are capped at 100 people while maintaining one person per 4 sqm and funerals are capped at 50 people while maintaining one person per 4 sqm.
Weddings in churches cannot exceed the 100 people permitted as per the above.
“The Premier [Steven Marshall] has indicated these restrictions are being put in place in the hope that they won’t be long lasting. We ask for your continued cooperation in this matter,” Archbishop O’Regan said.
Two Catholic schools – Holy Family School at Parafield Gardens and Thomas More College at Salisbury Downs – have been impacted by the Parafield cluster.
Thomas More College closed yesterday following confirmation that a Year 8 student has tested positive for COVID-19. It will remain closed today to ensure contract tracing and deep cleaning can be undertaken, re-opening when SA Health advises that it is safe to do so.
Catholic Education SA director, Dr Neil McGoran, said: “We are working very closely with SA Health. The safety of our students and staff is paramount and the school will be closed until we are sure that it is safe for students to return.”
New COVID restrictions for churches (By Lindy McNamara, The Southern Cross)