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GENERAL GUIDELINES — COVID-19 IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE INFORMATION UPDATED: MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2020
The following Guidelines are approved by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, to assist Clergy and Faithful with questions pertaining to specific areas of liturgy and ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the latest directives announced by Government as part of the proposed Roadmaps for the reopening of the Metropolitan and Regional areas of Victoria, the following will become operational for Metropolitan Melbourne only, from 11:59pm on 27 September, 2020.
STEP TWO Summary
- Curfew: No longer in place.
- Public Gatherings: Up to 5 people outdoors (from 2 families).
- Religious Gatherings: Can also take place outdoors with five people plus a faith leader. Must be adjacent to the place of worship with only one group permitted at a time. You can only travel up to 5km from your hoe to attend a gathering and only for 2 hours.
- Weddings: Permitted in outdoor public spaces allowed with up to 5 people (the couple and the two witnesses). The faith leader and children under 12 months not included.
- Funerals: Allowed with up to 10 mourners (infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral not included in the limit). A separate grouping of mourners may not come in to remove the coffin from the church.
- End of Life and Care: Faith Leaders may attend a dying resident or provide end of life support to a resident in their home or in a Health or Care facility at the request of the patient. Visits may also be made to support a patient or resident with their emotional or mental wellbeing if it cannot be done remotely. Such care must be undertaken in co-operation with the particular facility and in line with other visiting restrictions and facility guidelines.
- Visitors to the Home: If living alone or a single parent, one visitor may be nominated to create a ‘social bubble’.
- Work: Continue to work from home.
- REVIEW: DHHS Victorian Roadmap for Metropolitan Melbourne
STEP TWO – Metropolitan Melbourne
All Victorians over the age of 12 must wear a face covering whenever they leave their home, unless a medical exemption applies.
As of 11.59pm Sunday 27 September 2020 and until otherwise directed:
All places of worship including churches, adoration chapels and other church buildings used for public prayer and religious services are to remain closed except for permitted ceremonies.
• RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS: permitted with a limit of five people, plus one faith leader. Must be adjacent to the place of worship with only one group permitted at a time. You can only travel up to 5km from your home to attend a gathering and only for 2 hours. Signage, directions and sanitising stations must be clearly available. Contact Records must be kept.
• WEDDINGS: permitted in outdoor public spaces with a maximum of 5 attendees, including the couple and two witnesses, but not including the celebrant. Children under 12 months are also exempted from the number. Weddings do not need to occur proximate to a place of worship.
• FUNERALS: will be limited to 10 mourners (infants under 12 months of age not included in this number). A separate grouping of mourners may not come in to remove the coffin from the church. You can travel to a funeral outside of metropolitan Melbourne. Restrictions apply based on the location of the funeral, and limits to numbers also apply.
• BAPTISMS: may be celebrated under the outdoor gathering limits. Note specific hygiene around use of oils and water (refer further in these Guidelines). This allows for 5 people including the faith leader outdoors (a child under 12 months not included), meeting all hygiene and distancing precautions and recording names and contact details of all present.
• LIVESTREAMING: a limit of 5 in total may be present, including the celebrant.
• VISITATIONS: Homes: Under Stage 4 restrictions, faith leaders may visit someone in their home on request to share spiritual ministry (or equivalent religious services) to provide care and support to a person who is at the end of their life. It is critical measures like face coverings and physical distancing are observed, and that the travel to the person’s home and the visit are limited to what is reasonably required and necessary (e.g. only required attendees should visit and just for the service).
• Hospitals or Care Facilities: Under Stage 4 restrictions, faith leaders may visit someone in a hospital or care facility to share spiritual ministry (or equivalent religious services) to those who are at the end of their life, or if it would support a patient or resident with their emotional or mental wellbeing, in line with other visiting restrictions and if this support cannot be provided remotely. It is important to note that strict limits on visitors apply in these circumstances. It is critical measures like face coverings and physical distancing are observed and these visits are limited to what is reasonably required and necessary (e.g. a visit has been requested by a patient). Such services can also be provided using video or live streaming, depending on religious tradition.
• If you can work from home, you must do so.
All requirements around hygiene and distancing must be met, along with the collection of contact details.
SATURDAYS at 7PM. The Link is http://holytrinityparish.org.au/livestreaming/
A Parish YouTube channel has been created where any videos will be uploaded. Please check back for notifications of any additional videos. Follow the link to the Holy Trinity Parish Bentleigh East YouTube Channel.
We support the endeavors of the Royal Commission to bring healing to victims of abuse.
Church’s website: www.facingthetruth.org.au