Stage 4 of easing restrictions for places of worship
Effective 16 October 2020.
This page provides a summary of the key principles in the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Places of Worship in Queensland, which applies to all places of worship, including home worship services
Stage 4 of the Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions started on 1 October meaning you can welcome more of your communities to worship onsite, face-to-face in your spiritual homes.
What it means for you
- Increased attendance for outdoor events
Under the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Places of Worship in Queensland, in Stage 4:
- Outdoor worship events: one person per 2 square metres
- Indoor venues bigger than 200 square metres: one person per 4 square metres
- Indoor venues smaller than 200 square metres: one person per 2 square metres, up to a total of 50 people
- People from the same household should be allowed to sit together and groups of households kept separate
- Fewer restrictions for singing
Under Stage 4, singing is permitted during services, with the same distancing requirements listed above, based on your venue size.
- Public health rules to continue
- Physical distancing of 1.5 metres
- Hand hygiene (washing hands or using alcohol-based sanitiser)
- Respiratory hygiene (coughing or sneezing into elbow)
- Tracking, tracing, rapid response (keeping contact details for 56 days for each service and ensuring it is readily available if requested)
- Frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection
- Pre- and post-service gatherings allowed
People must be appropriately physically distanced while eating or drinking. The service of food is guided by the Retail Food Services Industry COVID Safe Plan or, as applicable, the COVID Safe Checklist for seated dining and drinking in restaurants and cafes. There are very strict hygiene requirements that are attached to the service of food and no buffet, self-service, open displays of food or food on display meant for consumption is allowed.
Consider modifying religious rites or rituals to avoid direct physical contact where practical. Where this is not practical, limit contact to hands. Ensure participants’ hands are washed with hand sanitiser before and after each interaction.
- Dancing allowed at weddings
Up to 40 people can dance at any one time at a wedding with a COVID Safe Plan.
- Home worship
If you are using your home for worship activities for people other than members of your household, the most up to date Movement and Gathering Direction applies. Note that this number may change as circumstances change and may be selectively/locally decreased in the case of an outbreak of COVID-19.
If you wish to exceed the maximum attendance requirements outlined in the Movement and Gathering Direction, then ALL requirements outlined in the COVID Safe Industry Plan for Places of Worship apply and are the responsibility of the person hosting the worship service in their home.
Additional things to note
- Where there is an inconsistency between the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (the Direction) and this page, the Direction will take precedence over the page for the extent of the inconsistency.
- Industry Plan only applies to Home Worship activities where people wish to exceed the attendance requirements outlined in the most up to date Movement and Gathering Direction.
For worship services with more than 500 people please visit the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events in Queensland.
Last updated: Monday, Nov 30, 2020