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Update on COVID restrictions for parishes


Archbishop O’Regan today released an update on COVID-19 restrictions for worshippers attending church services in South Australia.

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This follows the announcement yesterday by Premier Steven Marshall that a number of restrictions would be reintroduced and reassessed after seven days.

The capacity requirements for attending church have been changed to one person per two square metres, and events such as weddings and funerals are limited to 150 people.

The Archbishop suggested that parishes and communities return to “very small choirs”, as congregational singing is no longer permitted. The members of performing choirs are advised to remain more than 1.5 metres apart. Masks are not needed in church, as long as the capacity requirements are met.

Holy Communion must only be received via the hands, rather than placed directly onto the tongue. Gatherings after Mass for tea or coffee may continue as previous provided that good hygiene and physical distancing is maintained.

Archbishop O’Regan also provided the following advice:


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