Restrictions are returning this weekend in efforts to prevent the spread of Covid 19 after the wife of a man who tested positive in Sydney’s eastern suburbs also returned a positive test result. 

From 5 pm Thursday 6th May, the following restrictions will be in place until 12:02 am Monday, May 17:

  • Masks required in indoor public gatherings
  • Congregants are not able to sing, with or without masks. This does not apply to song leaders.
  • No more than twenty visitors are allowed in a home, including children

“Make sure you maintain good social distancing, make sure you avoid large events if you are vulnerable and make sure you exhibit good hand hygiene, and most importantly make sure if you have the mildest of symptoms you come forward and get tested,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian advised in a press conference at 11 am Thursday, May 6. 

These restrictions will impact people and churches in the Greater Sydney region, including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, and the Illawarra areas. For anyone outside of these areas, “it’s business as usual,” says Ms Berejiklian. 

Other restrictions include compulsory wearing of masks on public transport, and visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people. There are currently no changes to the number of people allowed in public venues. 

"The ongoing health of our community is a high priority and we are happy to comply with these temporary safety measures,” said the chair of the Sydney Diocese COVID Task Force, Bishop Gary Koo. “Our churches have provided a safe place to meet throughout the whole pandemic and we will continue to do so."