New restrictions have been announced for indoor venues, including churches, as a result of COVID-19 transmission on the Northern Beaches and across Greater Sydney.

The measures take effect from Sunday, 3rd January, for Greater Sydney including Wollongong, Central Coast and the Blue Mountains.

Face masks are mandatory for shopping, indoor entertainment, public transport and places of worship. Police have the power to impose $200 on the spot fines for individuals for non-compliance. Children under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

The cap on numbers at places of worship and religious services has been reduced. There will now be a maximum of 100 people per separate area, under the 4mrule.

Weddings and funerals are also limited to 1 person per 4mup to a maximum of 100 people.

"Following the Premier’s advice, all Anglican churches will naturally comply with the new restrictions, as we all want to continue to provide safe places for public worship," said Archbishop Glenn Davies. "At the same time, we shall continue to pray that the spread of the virus will be contained and that all Australians will act responsibly."