Thank you for your understanding as we seek to keep each other and our community safe during this time. In light of government regulations our parish has imposed a condition of entry.
Capacity must not exceed one visitor per 4 square metres of publicly accessible seated space up to a maximum of 100 people. This means that for St. Catherine's, we will be allowing 100 people for each service. We request parishioners to register their attendance on arrival and/or book prior by calling our church office when advised.
Visitors are not permitted to enter any Church property if they:
- Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever);
- Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious)
- Are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19;
- Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19;
- Have returned from international travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.
Visitors who are NOT subject to any of the above conditions for exclusion must be willing and able to agree to the following requirements to:
- Leave the church immediately if they become unwell, after notifying a commitee member;
- At all times, maintain social distancing measures (as per the NSW Health guidelines)
- Maintain good personal hand hygiene by washing hands regularly and thoroughly and/or using hand sanitiser;
- Maintain good respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, and then disposing of tissues immediately;
- Provide our church with your name and contact details and consent to your details being provided to the NSW Department of Health or any other third-party government department, as required to enable contact tracing procedures;
- Acknowledge that you may be asked to wait, or be refused entry, to our church in the event that the site has reached its total capacity under NSW Health social distancing requirements;
- There will be no congregational singing - only chanters may sing.
- Respond accurately to the following questions if asked:
Are you or anyone you live with currently undergoing testing or awaiting results for the COVID-19 virus?
Have you or anyone you live with tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and have not been medically cleared as non-contagious?
Do you have any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)?
- Acknowledge our right to refuse entry or request your departure from our church at any time and for any reason;
- You must wear a face mask.
- At all times, treat everyone in our parish with respect - our best intentions is you! Let's work together and help each other become COVID Safe!
Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Information for the Australian community
Save lives and help slow the spread of coronavirus in Australia.
- Always practise good hygiene, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, cover your coughs, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Maintain social distance of at least 1.5 metres when outside your home.
- Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses.
- Use tap and go instead of cash.
- Travel at quiet times and avoid crowds.
- Be well informed – only use trusted official information. Download the Coronavirus Australia mobile phone app, subscribe to the Coronavirus Australia WhatsApp service, and visit www.australia.gov.au for the latest information.
- Check in on family and friends by phone or online.
- Deliver groceries and essential goods to older relatives and vulnerable people. Leave them at the door.
- Key volunteer organisations and charities can provide services to people who need them most.
Symptoms of coronavirus include:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
If you are sick and think you might have coronavirus, seek medical help.
You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.
The Department of Health’s website has a range of information available in languages other than English to help people stay safe and minimise risks to the community.
Celebrating the holiday season safely during COVID-19
Financial support for individuals and households
The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians to support them through the coronavirus pandemic. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation. For more information, visit www.servicesaustralia.gov.au.
Financial support for businesses
The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses.
If your business has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus you will be able to access a wages subsidy to continue paying your employees. The JobKeeper Payment will be available to eligible businesses until 28 March 2021. This assistance will help keep staff and help restart when the pandemic is over.
Evictions will be put on hold for six months by state and territory governments. Landlords and renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements.
A travel ban is in place that prevents all non-Australian citizens and non-residents from entering Australia.
People exempt from the travel ban include immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependents, legal guardians and de facto partners. After arriving in Australia, all travellers are required to complete 14 days quarantine.
Information for temporary visa holders
Visa holders who wish to remain in Australia beyond the expiry date of their current visa need to apply for a further visa. Visa holders should explore their visa options to find a new visa that suits their circumstances and check whether they can apply for it.
For more information about travel restrictions and visas, visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au