Thursday October 21, 2021

See the VicTas Synod Frequently Asked Questions and Victoria Coronavirus Roadmap page, Victoria Government COVID Safety advice for Religion and Ceremonies, for more details.

From Friday October 22, 70 percent of Victoria fully vaccinated, 16 years and over

On Sunday the Victorian government gave us the good news that from midnight Thursday, October 20 (which means first thing Friday October 21), we will have reached the threshold of 70 percent of people 16 years old and over fully vaccinated.

Religious gatherings, funerals and weddings
4 square metres per person applies in all cases, and people required to lead the gathering.
Fully Vaccinated: Outdoor maximum of 50 people
Fully Vaccinated: Indoor maximum of 20 people
Unknown vaccination status: Outdoor maximum of 20 people
Unknown vaccination status: Indoor maximum of 10 people

This means we are no longer restricted to the five people responsible for broadcasting a service. You can have 20 people in the building while broadcasting, plus the people leading the service.

Religious gathering applies not only to worship services, but to other meetings of the church.

If we have more than 10 people attending, we need to have a way of noting that we have checked the vaccination status of those present. We don’t need to record the details of each person’s vaccination, what they had, or when they had it. Just that everyone present could show that they are double vaccinated.

Travel
No restrictions on reasons to leave home
No limits of travel within metropolitan Melbourne
No curfew
That means we don’t need worker permits to get to the church, mow the lawns, collect the mail etc.

Private Gatherings in homes
Private gatherings are permitted for up to 10 visitors, including dependents. Vaccination strongly recommended.

Public Gatherings (in public spaces)
Public gatherings are permitted for up to 15 people, including dependents. Vaccination strongly recommended.

Work
We are still required to work from home.

Community Facilities
Fully vaccinated: Outdoor only, 50 cap, 4 square metres per person
The exception is groups of 10 people for essential support. Vaccination status does not apply.

November – Looking ahead to 80 percent of Victoria fully vaccinated, 16 years and over

The current projected date for this is the beginning of November, which makes the first Sunday November 7.

Religious Gatherings
Fully Vaccinated Outdoors 2 square metres per person, 500 cap
Fully Vaccinated Indoors 4 square metres per person, 150 cap
Unknown Vaccination status, 4 square metres per person, 20 cap
Extra people allowed for funerals (celebrants etc) and weddings (couple)

Travel
Travel across Victoria, beyond metropolitan Melbourne, permitted

Work
Work from home if you can OR
Go to work if you are fully vaccinated
2 Square Metres per person for areas non-accessible to the public
Masks must be worn indoors in workplaces