General Guidelines for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Information Updated: Wednesday 8 July 5.00pm

As of 11.59pm Wednesday 8 July 2020, metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire areas will return to Stage 3 lockdown for the next six weeks.

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.

READ: GENERAL GUIDELINES #11 COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

In relation to the latest directives announced by Government (Tuesday 7 July 2020), there are two separate areas of information in the updated guidelines:

  • New directives for local government areas designated as ‘hot zones’ across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, and
  • Directives for areas OUTSIDE these ‘hot zone’ areas, where there is essentially no further changes for places of worship, with numbers remaining the same as outlined in Archdiocesan Guidelines #7 and Guidelines #9 until 12 July 2020 (or as otherwise directed). It is important to note that serious caution and precautionary measures are recommended for all areas of Victoria at this time.

If you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell you must stay at home. People may leave their home for four reasons:

  1. Shopping for food or other essential items
  2. To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  3. For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  4. Work or study, only if you cannot work or study from home

Other links:


Please contact the COVID Hotline:

Phone: (03) 9926 2469

A Prayer to St Joseph, the Great Protector

St Joseph,

You were receptive to God working in your life.
Help us by your prayers at this time of trial.

You kept Jesus and Mary under your watchful care:
may your prayers assist our local Church to respond to those in need.

You taught the Christ Child your trade and prayers:
help us to follow his example of love.

You were part of God’s plan for all humanity:
assist us to be vigilant and responsible this day.

You spent your life in service:
may we be mindful of others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, caring for them in these difficult days.

You trusted in the clear primacy of God over all history and every situation: help us to grow in faith and pray to the Father, Thy will be done.