The Archdiocese of Brisbane’s website outlines current requirements and restrictions for parishes and parishioners in relation to COVID-19.
We remain committed to protecting the health and safety our parishioners, employees and volunteers. As per COVID-19 restrictions, everyone attending Mass are required to do the following:
- Masks are mandatory in indoor settings and choir singers and cantors are not exempt. As singing remains a high risk activity, cantors must keep their masks at all times during the liturgy.
The current protocols below remain in place:
- Masses, baptisms, and other liturgies (except funerals and weddings), whichever is greater:
1 person per 2 square metres indoors
100% of seated venue capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
Parishioners are reminded of existing protocols such as maintaining social distancing when queuing for Holy Communion or exiting the church. Additionally, shaking hands at the Sign of Peace or after Mass should be suspended.
- Funerals conducted indoors may accommodate no more than 1 person per 2 square metres up to 200 people; or 100 % of seated venue capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (no maximum applies). Vaccinated and unvaccinated attendees may attend.
- Weddings: Only fully vaccinated guests and staff, or those with a medical contraindication which is recorded against their Qld Check In App, are permitted to enter and remain. In this case, there are no density limits.
If any persons attending a wedding are unvaccinated, including members of the wedding party and officials, a maximum of only 20 people can attend.
Places of worship must continue to ensure attendees are registered via the Check-in Qld app and operate in accordance with the COVID Safe Checklist.
Masks: Anyone entering a church or workplace (over the age of 12) are required to wear a face mask. This includes when people are seated or moving around. The following exemptions apply:
- Clergy should wear a mask when entering, distribution of Holy Communion and exiting the Church. Clergy should wear a mask at all times except where clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential during the liturgy.
- Clergy should wear a mask when entering, distributing Holy Communion and exiting the Church. The Reader may lower his/her mask for the readings.
Precautions: We encourage you to continue with routine precautions minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19 including:
- Maintain good hand hygiene
- Stay home when you are sick or have symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, and sore throat.
- Maintain social distancing where possible (1.5m) when you’re outside your home. Keep your distance if you can: at the shops, on public transport, at work, and when you’re visiting with others. Shaking hands, hugging and kissing hello are still not COVID safe.