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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.

Be COVID Safe. Stay in business.

Capacity changes effective Friday 23 October 2020

As of Friday 23 October 2020, for services apart from weddings and funerals, places of worship can have up to 300 people or one person per 4 square metres of space, whichever is less.

NSW Health updated advice regarding singing and chanting for places of worship

In accordance with advice from the Chief Health Officer, NSW Health recommends the following measures for singing and chanting.

A small group of up to 5 people may sing together in a large well-ventilated (preferably outdoor) area if:

  • all singers face forwards and not towards each other 
  • have physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and any other performers, and 5 metres from all other people including the audience and conductor.

Ensembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.

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
Religious services

300 people, or one visitor per 4 square metres of space (excluding staff), whichever is the lesser, may attend a religious service in a place of public worship.

Children count towards the capacity limit.

Weddings

150 people, or one guest per 4 square metres, whichever is the lesser, may attend a wedding service in a place of public worship.

Children count towards the capacity limit in places of worship.

Funerals or memorial services

100 people, or one guest per 4 square metres, whichever is the lesser, may attend a funeral or memorial service in a place of public worship.

Children count towards the capacity limit in places of worship.

 


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


Last updated: 28 October 2020

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