The Church and COVID-19

This page is being regularly updated with information relevant to government and Church announcements related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on March 22 announced several new measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those measures included restricting, from midday local time on Monday, March 23, a number of buildings and services from taking place. Among the facilities restricted from opening were places of worship, with religious gatherings -- whether indoors or outdoors -- also restricted. The advice allowed for funerals to be held in enclosed spaced with very small groups and where the one person per 4 square metres rule applies. It was accompanied by advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

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State and territory governments are issuing directives and guidance to support the operation and enforcement of the restrictions. Those restrictions may differ from one jurisdiction to another.

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The latest diocesan guidelines, pastoral letters and messages are listed below, most of which now reflect the new restrictions which came into force on the 23rd of March. These will be kept updated as soon as possible as Bishops continue to communicate with their people.

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