COVID-19 update

The following advice was received from the Archbishop on Saturday 24 October:

COVID-19 WA Government Announcement made on 19 October

On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, the WA Government will modify and extend Phase 4 of the COVID-19 Roadmap but will now allow exemptions to the 2 square metre rule at selected venues that primarily hold seated events. From Saturday, 24 October (or 11.59pm, Friday, 23 October) selected venues that predominantly hold seated events are exempt from the 2 square metre rule. These selected venues will be permitted to reach up to 60 per cent of their usual maximum capacity for seated and ticketed performances.

Specific venues include: theatres, concert halls, auditoriums/amphitheatres, cinemas, comedy lounges, performing arts centres. These venues are deemed ‘low risk’ as they are seated and ticketed. Churches are not included in the list of venues in which restrictions will be eased from tomorrow as announced by the Premier on Monday 19 October.

The Heads of Churches WA have written to the Premier asking for Churches to be included on the basis that we are able to keep a register of attendance for tracing purposes. So far we have not had a reply. Should this request be responded to positively you will be among the first to hear!

This means that we must continue within the same restrictions we have been practising. Thank you for the careful way in which you and your churches are taking responsibility for good, safe practices.

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