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Places of worship and religious gatherings

Resources and guidance for developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship.

How many people are allowed

Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.


Services at a place of public worship Maximum capacity summary

Capacity must not exceed one visitor per 2 square metres of publicly accessible space. Children count towards the capacity limit.

Singing indoors at places of worship

No more than 30 performers should sing indoors. There is no recommended cap on performers singing outdoors. All performing singers should face forwards and not towards each other, have physical distancing of 1.5m between each other and any other performers, and be 5m from all other people including the audience and conductor, where practical.

In indoor areas, attendees can only participate in singing and chanting if there is 4 square metres of space per person and all attendees older than 12 years wear a face mask, unless exempt.


COVID-19 Safety Plans and registration are mandatory

Under Public Health Orders, all places of worship in NSW must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All places of worship must also register as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with your staff and volunteers, then share it with them. Putting your plan into action will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help make your visitors feel safe.

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

You can either:

  • use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for your church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship
  • keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan


Things to note:

Register as COVID Safe 

If you've completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.

Register as COVID Safe


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