Premier Andrews has released the updated COVID Restrictions effective 11.59pm 26th February 2021

The Settings revert to those in place at Christmas 2020 – COVID Safe Summer Settings.  The full list of restrictions coming into effect tonight are attached.

Highlights are:

SOCIAL

Leave home: No restriction on reasons to leave home but stay safe. • Public gatherings: Up to 100 people can gather in public from any number of households, infants under 12 months are not included in the cap. • Visitors to the home: Up to 30 visitors can visit a home in a day (infants under 12 months are not counted in the cap). Visitors may be from any number of households and may visit either together or separately. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.

FACE MASKS

Face masks: Must be carried at all times. Mandatory when inside retail stores where the indoor space is 2,000 square metres or more such as shopping centres, retail stores inside shopping centres, department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets, when travelling on public transport or when travelling in a commercial passenger vehicle or tour vehicle, when visiting a hospital, when visiting or working in a care facility (unless a lawful exemption applies). A person who is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 must wear a face covering. Any person diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19, or who is a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, must wear a face covering if leaving home/accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care.

 

CEREMONIES AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Weddings: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors. Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record (ie. paper-based) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. For weddings held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 30 people applies.

Funerals: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors. Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record (ie. paper-based) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. For funerals held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 30 people applies.

Ceremonies and religious gatherings: Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies. Venues using the density quotient of 1 per 2sqm must use electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record keeping (ie. paperbased) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time.

 

WORKPLACES

Workers may attend onsite as required. On-site office work capped at no more than 75 per cent of a workforce on-site (both public and private sectors).

All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.

As Density quotients apply this may mean that your parish has a booking system for Mass please contact your local parish to confirm.  

 

Masses live streamed in our Diocese: 

Cranbourne :Sunday 9am. Plus Daily at 9.30am. (YouTube and Facebook)

Clyde North : Daily 9.15am. (Facebook) 

Narre Warren:  Wednesday - Sunday 9.15am, Tuesday 7.30pm. (YouTube)

This list will be updated as information is received from Parish administrations.  

Further options including TV

Prayers

An Act of Spiritual Communion

The simple and loving act of Spiritual Communion (written by St. Alphonsus Liguori) can be made when we are unable to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist.

Pray these words:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You;
never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

You can also access more prayer resources on our Prayer and Reflection page.

With access to churches limited throughout Victoria  since March 2020, a dispensation is in place for attending weekly Mass in person, as per the Letter from Victorian Bishops (18 March 2020).