Current COVID 19 Restrictions (from Monday 16th August 2021) Religious services From 11:59pm Monday 16 August 2021 restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne have changed. A stay-at-home curfew is in place. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or single bubble buddy) other than for limited reasons, including:
health and medical purposes
care and support of a child or someone with special needs
in an emergency or to escape harm
Outside of curfew times, you cannot leave your home unless you are doing it for one of the five following reasons:
You cannot attend a religious service in person. You can participate in online services.
Funerals are restricted to 10 mourners plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the funeral.
Weddings are not permitted indoors or outdoors unless one or both people getting married are at the end of life or would otherwise be deported. Weddings are limited to five people, that is, the two persons being married, the celebrant and two witnesses
Are places of worship open? No. All places of worship of all denominations in Victoria are closed for private worship or religious ceremonies. Ceremonies and services can still be recorded or broadcast live from the place of worship for viewing online.
Only those who are necessary to conduct the ceremony or to facilitate the broadcasting, such as a cameraperson and the person leading the service, may be on-site to record and live stream services (up to 5 people). These five people must be the same each time.
People must wear a face mask unless an exception applies. You should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between each other at all times.
Places of worship may be opened for the purposes of conducting permitted weddings or funerals, but there are strict limits on the number of people who can attend. Can religious groups meet? No. Gatherings for the purposes of worship, prayer groups, or any other religious purposes may only occur remotely. Can I attend a prayer group? All prayer groups must stop meeting in person. You can hold a prayer group online if this is possible. Can places of worship open to host an essential service? Places of worship may host essential public support services, such as operating a food bank or a service for homeless persons. Funerals and cemeteries Can I attend a funeral? Yes, funerals can occur indoors and outdoors, but funerals will be limited to 10 mourners plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the funeral. Can a place of worship host a funeral? A place of worship may host a funeral, but attendance will be limited to 10 mourners plus those required to conduct it. Can a faith leader visit someone at a home, a hospital or an aged care facility for last rites? A faith leader may visit someone in their home, or at a hospital or aged care facility, to share spiritual ministry (or equivalent religious services) to provide care and support to a person who is at the end of their life. Up to two visitors may attend an end of life activity of unlimited duration at a private residence. In addition to the two visitors, any intimate partner of the person experiencing end of life and any person who ordinarily resides with the person experiencing end of life (and their intimate partner) may attend. Face masks, physical distancing and other visitation requirements at hospitals and aged care facilities must be observed. Can I visit a grave site more than 5km from my home? Yes, you can attend a grave site more than 5km from your home for compassionate reasons provided that this is only with people who ordinary reside with you or one other person. Weddings Can I get married? No. Weddings must be postponed unless there are compassionate reasons to hold a wedding such as for end-of-life reasons. If you are getting married, only five people can attend your wedding – you and your partner, two witnesses and the celebrant. Can I attend a wedding as a guest? No, unless you are a witness or the celebrant for a permitted wedding.