Groups of 300 people will be able to gather in New South Wales churches, temples and mosques this weekend, in further eased COVID-19 restrictions in the state. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
From Friday, up to 300 people will be allowed to attend a place of worship, provided the four-square-metre rule is observed. The cap on attendees is presently 100.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the changes were “a great announcement for the body and the soul”.
The changes come after Hillsong pastor Brian Houston complained that his north-west Sydney church, with a capacity of 4000, was restricted to 100 attendees.
Mr Houston told 2GB on Wednesday morning that it was inconsistent his church could not hold larger services when the NRL grand final was due to attract 40,000 people at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews again said the reason restaurants and pubs were allowed to have more patrons than churches under restrictions in the state were because the former were “heavily regulated”, the Daily Mail reports.
Asked yesterday why worshippers are being treated differently to drinkers, Mr Andrews replied: “Do they sing at the pub?”
He questioned the cleaning standards of churches, saying they may not be cleaned to the same standards as a pub.
Victorian Liberals criticised the Labor Premier over his reasoning and insisted that churches should be safely re-opened.
Sandringham MP Brad Rowswell said on Twitter: “‘If singing is an issue, forbid singing and open up the churches! If cleaning is an issue, stipulate the type of cleaning that is required and open up the churches.
“Why are people of faith being singled out by the Premier in such an unfair way?”
Churches, mosques allowed 300 worshippers as NSW records two local cases (By Mary Ward, Sydney Morning Herald)
Daniel Andrews is slammed over his bizarre excuse for keeping churches closed while opening pubs (By Charlie Moore, Daily Mail Australia)
He just doesn't get it, does he? (Twitter/BradRowswell)