Information updated 25 May 2021, 5pm
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.
The restrictions in place are compulsory as issued under lawful direction of the Chief Health Officer of Victoria, where a State of Emergency remains in place until 16 December 2021.
As of 6pm Tuesday 25 May 2021, the following additional measures will apply across Metropolitan Melbourne (note the categories for this below) and will be in place until at least 4 June 2021.
- Face coverings must be worn indoors unless there is an exemption. This applies to everyone 12 years and older and includes workplaces;
- Places of worship may continue to welcome in people as per the 1 person per 2sqm density quotient;
- Private gatherings in the home are limited to five visitors per day;
- Public gatherings are limited to 30 people (this refers to gatherings in public spaces such as beaches, parks, picnic areas etc. – not places of worship)
- Schools and workplaces will remain open with the current restrictions that are in place. Depending on the workplace, this includes COVIDSafe measures and in some cases, a density requirement. There are no changes to existing density rules;
- There will be no changes to the existing density quotient for weddings and funerals, but if they are being held at a private residence, they will be subject to the new home restrictions;
- Use of the Service Victoria QR code service will still be mandatory in all venues and facilities are required to have mandatory electronic record keeping from Friday 28 May;
- Victorians who live in Greater Melbourne and need to travel to regional Victoria can still do so however, the restrictions travel with them – this particularly refers to the mandatory wearing of face coverings when indoors unless an exemption applies. If you visit someone outside of Metropolitan Melbourne, they must not have more than five visitors to their home in that day. If you attend a public gathering outside of Greater Melbourne, it must not be bigger than 30 people.
- There will not be a movement to easing of numbers from this coming Friday, 28 May, as previously indicated.
- If anyone, including all parish staff and volunteers, has attended any of the exposure sites noted in the link https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites please, get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
Restrictions relate to Metropolitan Melbourne only, which comprise the 31 Local Government Areas. Use this website to check which Council area you come under.
Please note the guidance around travel between regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne. Victorians who live in Greater Melbourne and need to travel to regional Victoria can still do so, however the restrictions travel with them. This means the wearing of face coverings indoors if you travel into designated regional areas.
Under no circumstances should anyone awaiting a COVID-19 test verification, including Clergy (even without presenting symptoms) attend a church or parish setting until a diagnosis is confirmed. Additionally, under no circumstances should anyone attend who is closely connected to people who are awaiting test results or who have tested positive.