General Guidelines for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
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.
In relation to the latest directives announced by Government (Sunday 24 May 2020), there are THREE KEY POINTS that directly affect churches, places of worship and liturgical celebrations and ceremonies held within.
From 11:59pm on 31 May 2020
restrictions on gatherings at places of worship and ceremonies will be eased:
- Places of worship can open for private worship or small religious ceremonies for up to 20 people in a single undivided indoor space, subject to the four square metre rule plus the minimum number of people reasonably required to perform the service or ceremony.
- 20 people in addition to the celebrant and couple being married can attend a wedding. If a wedding is held in a home, a maximum of 20 people is allowed, including the celebrant and the couple.
- 50 people can attend a funeral in addition to the officiant and funeral staff, subject to the four square metre rule. If a funeral is held in a home, a maximum of 20 people can be present (including the officiant and funeral staff).
In general, conditions require:
- Clear signage around service schedules, social distancing and hygiene requirements;
- Availability of sanitiser and disinfectant wipes, and safe disposal sites;
- Churches to be cleaned after a scheduled service or opening;
- Maintenance of 1.5m of separation and planned entry and exit pathways;
- Building capacity rules must apply – 1 person per 4 square metres.
- All attendees to provide contact details.
It is important that you please take the time to read the DHHS Vic guidelines
Posters for parishes to display locally
Further external resources including information about the Federal
Government’s COVID app can be found here.
Please contact the COVID Hotline: