COVID-19 Information

We are committed to following the NSW Public Health Orders and advice from NSW Health and Multicultural NSW for Religious Places of Worship. The church plays an important leadership role in the community by acting responsibly and following expert advice on the best ways to make our schools, churches, halls and other facilities and ministries safe. Each of our ministry units has a COVID Safe plan in place. However, because of frequently changing restrictions, the guidelines on this page may not reflect the current restrictions, so please check the most recent advice from the Bishop’s Office as well as the latest Public Health Order.

Churches in Grafton Diocese are open for Public Worship with the following restrictions, provided that the Local Government Area in which they are situated is not subject to any further restrictions under Public Health Orders.

COVID-19 Restrictions and advice effective Friday 25 February 2022

  • QR check-ins are no longer required at churches, Op Shops, halls, parish offices and gatherings after services or funerals.
  • Density limits no longer apply to worship services, weddings, funerals or memorial services.
  • Evidence of vaccination is not required other than as specified in diocesan policy for church workers and volunteers. While this is the minimum standard, parish leadership may set additional restrictions, such as proof of vaccination to attend church premises, according to local circumstances. 
  • Singing is allowed.
  • People over the age of 12 years no longer need to wear a mask indoors but this is still recommended. 
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans are no longer mandatory but the Bishop has asked that these be maintained for the time being.
  • Those who Preside at the Eucharist should consider taking and passing a rapid antigen test before leading services. This is dependent upon the availability of a rapid antigen test.
  • Working from home is now at the employer’s discretion.

More information is available here: 

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/business/nsw-rules

Advice on Developing a COVIDSafe Plan

https://www.nsw.gov.au/form/covid-safety-plan/places-of-worship

Conditions of Entry COVIDSafe Poster

General COVIDSafe Poster

Incident Notification Form

Template for COVIDSafe Plan for Retail Outlets

Template for COVIDSafe Plan for Food Outlets (Soup Kitchens)

Template for COVIDSafe Plan for Halls

COVID-19 Vaccination Record Form