5th August 2021

BUV Advice on Current Government’s Restrictions

On this page, you can find information and recommendations from the BUV regarding the current Government’s restrictions.  If in doubt, please ring the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 and seek advice specific to your circumstances. Please check this page regularly for the latest updates. For Church resources and translated information, click here.

 

Update 5/08/21

 

Premier Statement 

The Premier of Victoria, Dan Andrews, has jsut announced a statewide lockdown for 7 days from 8pm tonight Thursday 5th August, 2021.

5 reasons to leave home reinstated 

More details to come 

 

 

Update 30/07/21

Source:

Statement from the Premier 

Table of Restrictions 

NEW Current Full Restricted Activity Directions (Vic) (no. 21) 29 July 2021 – see page 12 for Places of Worship 

Premier Dan Andrews anounced that the lockdown restrictions will be eased at 11:59pm Tuesday 27th July 2021.   
New settings, see below, will continue for the next 14 days from Wednesday 28th July until Tuesday, 10 August at 11.59pm.

Stay at home requirement: removed 
• No stay at home requirement.
• Removal of 5km travel limit.

Face coverings:
• Must be carried at all times.
• Must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home or if an exception applies

Religious gatherings and ceremonies:

  • Permitted for up to 100 people indoors and up to 300 people outdoors – this is the total number allowed in facility across all spaces at any one time 
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
  • A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before density quotient applies.
  • QR code check in (using Services Vic app)
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in – marshals required at all enrances while operational.
  • Masks mandatory
  • No sharing of food, drink, utensils, vessels or other equipment by members of public  

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with 50 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old
are not counted towards this cap. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 50 people (including the two persons being married and two witnesses.
The celebrant and photographer are not included in the cap). COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in. Dancefloors
not permitted.

Community facilities:
• Open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
NEW • Maximum 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per out with max group size of 10 (Group size is specified on the Table of Restrictions, but not in the current Restricted Activity Directions)

NEW  Covid Marshals 
A helpful guide to the COVID Marshal role – produced by Ben Dickson, Croydon Hills Baptist Church  
COVID Marshal Factsheet 

Public Gatherings : Permitted for up to 10 people.

Private gatherings in the home: Not permitted. Intimate partner visits/single bubble permitted.

Other:

  • Work from home if you can  – 25% capacity at offices 
  • No large crowds at major events
  • Schools will return for all ages 
  • Community sport will recommence

 

 

Update 20/07/21

Source:

Statement from the Premier

Table of Restrictions

CovidSafe Settings

Current settings will continue for the next seven days until Tuesday, 27 July at 11.59pm. This means that you cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

    • shopping for necessary goods and services
    • care and caregiving, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test
    • exercise
    • authorised work and permitted study
    • to get a COVID-19 vaccination

You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. This limit does not apply to work, when giving or receiving care, getting a COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social bubble buddy.

Private and Public Gatherings: Not permitted

Religious gatherings and ceremonies:

  • No in-person gatherings permitted.
  • 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, such as a cameraperson and the person leading the service, may be on site to record and live stream services (up to 5 people).  
  • You should ensure those people wear a face mask and 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. 
  • Places of worship may host essential public support services, such as operating a food bank or a service for homeless persons (maximum of 10 members of public attending at any one time)

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

Face coverings:
• must be carried at all times
• must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exemption applies

 

FAQ on Religion and Ceremonies

 

 

Update 15/07/21, 9am

Source:
COVIDSafe Settings: Cautious Steps Ahead

Table of Restrictions

CovidSafe Settings Victoria

 

From 11:59pm on Thursday 8 July, restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne will be brought into line with regional Victoria, which means all COVIDSafe settings will apply statewide. Please see updates as of 15/07 9am in Bold below.

 

Religious gatherings and ceremonies:

  • No overarching venue limit
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
  • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if visit is less than 15 minutes. Visitors should use their own device to self-check-in if they can. But if they can’t, you can check visitors in without using the app by using a Kiosk check-in service

Private gatherings: up to 15 visitors per day, together or separately; including dependents (infants under 12months not included in cap).

Public gathering: permitted for up to 50 people.

Funerals: permitted with cap of 300 people subject to density quotient (People necessary to conduct the funeral and infants under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap).

Weddings: permitted with cap of 300 people subject to density quotient

Communities Facilities:

  • No overarching venue cap
  • No group limits
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies

Face coverings:

  • Face masks are mandatory indoors (not at home) for anyone aged 12 and above, unless an exception applies.
  • Face masks must be worn outdoors for anyone aged 12 and above if 1.5 m distance cannot be maintained, from people who are not members of your household or your intimate partner.
  • Click here for exceptions

Workplaces:

  • Office work – 75% return or up to 30 people if total workplace is 40 or less
  • subject to density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm
  • QR code check-in compulsory
  • All people within offices are required to wear masks (unless you are working alone)

Care facilities: Two visitors at a time, up to five per day, except for end of life (Two visitors at a time with no total limit per day); Do not have to be from the same household and no time limit

Hospitals: Two visitors at a time, up to five per day, except for end of life (Two visitors at a time with no total limit per day); Do not have to be from the same household and no time limit

FAQ on Religion and Ceremonies

 

For best practice tips including singing, baptism, morning tea, please click here.

 

Update 23/06/21

Source:
Statement from Acting Premier
Table of Restrictions

Further ease of restrictions from 11.59pm, Thursday 24/06:

For Melbourne

  • Face coverings must be worn indoors and outdoors (where physical distancing cannot be maintained) and must be carried at all times. Click here for exceptions.
  • Private gatherings up to 15 visitors per day, together or separately; including dependents (infants under 12months not included in cap)
  • Public gathering permitted for up to 50 people
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are permitted for up to 300 people per venue (no group limits); density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies (Minimum number of people necessary to conduct a religious activity and infants under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap).
  • Funerals permitted with cap of 300 people subject to density quotient (People necessary to conduct the funeral and infants under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap).
  • Weddings permitted with cap of 300 people subject to density quotient
  • Communities Facilities open with cap of 300 people per venue (no group limit) and density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Venues less than 600sqm can operate with lesser of density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm or venue cap of 150 patrons provided they have a COVID Check-in Marshal at the entrance to require check in.
  • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if visit is less than 15 minutes. Visitors should use their own device to self-check-in if they can. But if they can’t, you can check visitors in without using the app by using a Kiosk check-in service.
  • Workplaces: Work from home requirement removed. Office work – 75% return or up to 30 people if total workplace is 40 or less, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm; QR code check-in compulsory
  • Care facilities: Two visitors at a time, up to five per day, except for end of life (Two visitors at a time with no total limit per day); Do not have to be from the same household and no time limit
  • Hospitals: Two visitors at a time, up to five per day, except for end of life (Two visitors at a time with no total limit per day); Do not have to be from the same household and no time limit

For best practice tips including singing, baptism, morning tea, please click here.

FAQ for Melbourne

 

Regional Victoria

  • Face coverings must be worn indoors and outdoors (where physical distancing cannot be maintained) and must be carried at all times. Click here for exceptions.
  • Private gatherings up to 15 visitors per day, together or separately; including dependents (infants under 12months not included in cap)
  • Public gathering permitted for up to 50 people
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No overarching venue limit. Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
  • Funerals permitted with cap of 300 people subject to density quotient (People necessary to conduct the funeral and infants under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap).
  • Weddings permitted with cap of 300 people subject to density quotient
  • Communities Facilities: open with a density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies; No overarching venue cap; No group limits
  • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if visit is less than 15 minutes. Visitors should use their own device to self-check-in if they can. But if they can’t, you can check visitors in without using the app by using a Kiosk check-in service.
  • Workplaces: Work from home requirement removed. Office work – 75% return or up to 30 people if total workplace is 40 or less, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm; QR code check-in compulsory
  • Care facilities: Two visitors at a time, up to five per day, except for end of life (Two visitors at a time with no total limit per day); Do not have to be from the same household and no time limit
  • Hospitals: Two visitors at a time, up to five per day, except for end of life (Two visitors at a time with no total limit per day); Do not have to be from the same household and no time limit

For best practice tips including singing, baptism, morning tea, please click here.

FAQ Regional Victoria

Please check this page regularly for the latest updates.

 

 

Update 16/06/21 5.45pm – Further Ease of Restrictions

Source:
Statement from Acting Premier
Table of Restrictions

Further ease of restrictions from 11.59pm, Thursday 17/06:

For Melbourne

  • Movement between Melbourne and regional Victoria unrestricted
  • Face coverings must be worn indoors and outdoors (where physical distancing cannot be maintained) and must be carried at all times; Click here for exceptions.
  • Private gatherings limited to two adults + dependents per day
  • Public gathering permitted for up to 20 people
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are permitted for up to 150 people per venue* (75 people indoors, 75 people outdoors); density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies (Minimum number of people necessary to conduct a religious activity and children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap).
  • Funerals permitted with cap of 70 people (People necessary to conduct the funeral and children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap).
  • Weddings permitted with 20 person cap including 2 people being married, celebrant and 2 witnesses
  • Communities Facilities open with cap of 150 people per venue^ (including no more than 75 people indoors and group size of 10 people) and density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if visit is less than 15 minutes. Visitors should use their own device to self-check-in if they can. But if they can’t, you can check visitors in without using the app by using a Kiosk check-in service.
  • Workplaces cap at 50% or 20 people (whichever is greater); work from home if you can; QR code check-in compulsory
  • Care facilities – visitors only permitted for end of life care or essential care and support
  • Hospitals – visitors only permitted for end of life care, to support a partner or parent accompanying a child

* This means that if your church meets the density quotient, you can have up to 150 people on site but only 75 people allowed indoors, another 75 will have to be outdoors. Minimum number of people necessary to conduct a religious activity and children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.

^ This means that if your community facility meets the density quotient, you can have up to 75 people in 7 groups of 10 and one group of 5 indoors + 75 people outdoors.

Note on group distancing: We rang the hotline and there are no clear directives on distancing between groups of people. We recommend keeping 2ms apart and not to mingle between groups.

For best practice tips including singing, baptism, morning tea, please click here.

FAQ for Melbourne

 

Regional Victoria

  • Movement between Melbourne and regional Victoria unrestricted
  • Private gatherings allowed – 5 adults + dependents per day.
  • Public gathering: permitted for up to 50 people.
  • Face coverings must be worn indoors and outdoors (where physical distancing cannot be maintained) and must be carried at all times; Click here for exceptions.
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are permitted for up to 300 people per venue + plus the minimum number of people necessary to conduct a religious activity; density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. (Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap)
  • Funerals permitted with cap of 100 people + those necessary to conduct the funeral. Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.
  • Weddings permitted with 50 person cap including 2 people being married, celebrant and 2 witnesses.
  • Communities Facilities open with cap of 300 people per venue* (max group size of 50 people) and density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Venues less than 600sqm can operate with lesser of density quotient of 1 person per 2 or venue cap of 150 patrons provided they have a COVID Marshal at the entrance to confirm ‘green tick’ check in before entry.
  • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if visit is less than 15 minutes. Visitors should use their own device to self-check-in if they can. But if they can’t, you can check visitors in without using the app by using a Kiosk check-in service.
  • Office cap at 70% or 30 people (whichever is greater); work from home if you can; QR code check-in compulsory
  • Care facilities – visitors only permitted for end of life care or essential care and support
  • Hospitals – visitors only permitted for end of life care, to support a partner or parent accompanying a child

* This means that if your community facility meets the density quotient, you can have up to 6 groups of 50 people per venue.

For best practice tips including singing, baptism, morning tea, please click here.

FAQ Regional Victoria

Please check this page regularly for the latest updates.

 

 

Update 11/06/21 – Ease of Restrictions

Source:
Statement from Acting Premier
Table of Restrictions

Further ease of restrictions from 11.59pm, Thursday 10/06:

For Melbourne

  • Can leave home for any reason within 25km; only reasons to go further than 25km will be for work, education, caregiving or getting a vaccination. You must not travel more than 25km from your home to attend a place of worship. 
  • Travel into regional Victoria not allowed, exceptions apply.
  • The 25km travel limit does not apply to attending a funeral or wedding. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you can attend a funeral or wedding in regional Victoria but the Melbourne restrictions apply. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend is 10 people, if there is a metropolitan Melbourne resident in attendance. 
  • Face coverings must be worn indoors and outdoors; Exception applies when recording/broadcasting. Click here for other exceptions.
  • Private gatherings are not permitted. Therefore home church, micro church and any small groups will not be allowed to meet at home. Visiting intimate partner allowed. Single person bubbles will also be allowed.
  • Public gathering permitted for up to 10 people.
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies at Churches are permitted capped at 50 people + plus the minimum number of people necessary to conduct a religious activity; density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. (Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap)
  • Funerals permitted with cap of 50 people + those necessary to conduct the funeral. Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.
  • Weddings permitted with 10 person cap including 2 people being married, celebrant and 2 witnesses
  • Communities Facilities open with cap of 50 people (including group size of 10 people) and density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if visit is less than 15 minutes. Visitors should use their own device to self-check-in if they can. But if they can’t, you can check visitors in without using the app by using a Kiosk check-in service.
  • Workplaces cap at 25% or 10 people (whichever is greater); work from home if you can; QR code compulsory from next week
  • All students will return to face to face learning
  • Care facilities – visitors only permitted for end of life care
  • Hospitals – visitors only permitted for end of life care, to support a partner or parent accompanying a child

FAQ for Melbourne

 

Regional Victoria

  • Can leave home for any reason; travelling to Metropolitan Melbourne not allowed ,exceptions apply. Travel within regional Victoria remains permitted
  • Private gatherings allowed – 2 adults + dependents per day.
  • Public gathering: permitted for up to 20 people.
  • Face coverings must be worn indoors and outdoors (where physical distancing cannot be maintained) and must be carried at all times; Click here for exceptions.
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies at Churches are permitted capped at 150 people + plus the minimum number of people necessary to conduct a religious activity, including no more than 75 people allowed indoors; density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. (Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap)
  • Funerals permitted with cap of 75 people + those necessary to conduct the funeral. Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.
  • Weddings permitted with 20 person cap including 2 people being married, celebrant and 2 witnesses.
  • Communities Facilities open with cap of 150 people (including no more than 75 people indoors, max group size of 10 people) and density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if visit is less than 15 minutes. Visitors should use their own device to self-check-in if they can. But if they can’t, you can check visitors in without using the app by using a Kiosk check-in service.
  • Office cap at 50% or 20 people (whichever is greater); work from home if you can; QR code compulsory from next week
  • Care facilities – visitors only permitted for end of life care
  • Hospitals – visitors only permitted for end of life care, to support a partner or parent accompanying a child

FAQ Regional Victoria

Please check this page regularly for the latest updates.

Best Practice Tips for COVIDSafe Churches and Ministries

 

Update 07/06/21

Source:
Statement from Acting Premier
7 Day Circuit Breaker Restrictions
COVIDSafe Settings

On the advice of Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, the current lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further seven days, with some small changes, giving a full 14 days or a full cycle of the virus.

 

For Melbourne

  • Places of Worship: only live broadcast and pre-recording allowed – limit to 5 people
  • Private and public gatherings will not be permitted. Therefore home church, micro church and any small groups will not be allowed to meet. Visiting intimate partner allowed. Single person bubbles will also be allowed.
  • Weddings not allowed, exception applies
  • Funerals – 10 people allowed
  • There will be five reasons to leave home: Food and supplies; Authorised work and study* ; Care and caregiving; Exercise; Getting vaccinated
  • Exercise and shopping will be limited to 10 kilometres from home. Shopping is limited to one person per day, per household; Exercise is limited up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household.
  • Face masks must be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

* Year 11 and 12 students will return to face-to-face learning (including students in other year levels who are doing a Unit 3/4 VCE or VCAL subject, while that class is being taught). Some outdoor jobs will be added to the authorised work list – landscaping, painting, installing solar panels, or letterboxing

FAQ on Religion and Ceremony – Melbourne

 

Regional Victoria

  • Regional Victorians can leave home for any reason
  • Face coverings must be worn indoors and outdoors (where physical distancing cannot be maintained) and must be carried at all times
  • Private gatherings are not permitted. Therefore home church, micro church and any small groups will not be allowed to meet. Visiting intimate partner allowed. Single person bubbles will also be allowed
  • Public gathering: permitted for up to 10 people
  • Work from home if you can
  • All students will return to face to face learning
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies at Churches are permitted capped at 50 people + 1 faith leader and with density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Funerals permitted with cap of 50 people
  • Weddings permitted with 10 person cap including 2 people being married, celebrant and 2 witnesses
  • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if your visit is less than 15 minutes.
  • Care facilities – visitors only permitted for end of life care
  • Hospitals – visitors only permitted for end of life care, to support a partner or parent accompanying a child

FAQ on Religion and Ceremony – Regional Victoria

 

 

Update 28/05/21

Source:
Statement from Acting Premier
7 Day Circuit Breaker Restrictions

From 11.59pm 27th of May, Victoria will move to circuit breaker restrictions. These settings will remain in place until 11:59pm on 3 June.

  • Places of Worship: only live broadcast and pre-recording allowed – limit to 5 people
  • Private and public gatherings will not be permitted. Therefore home church, micro church and any small groups will not be allowed to meet. Visiting intimate partner allowed. Single person bubbles will also be allowed.
  • Weddings not allowed, exception applies
  • Funerals – 10 people allowed
  • There will be five reasons to leave home: Food and supplies; Authorised work; Care and caregiving; Exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person; Getting vaccinated
  • Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from home. If there’s no shops in your 5km radius, you can travel to the ones closest to you. Shopping is also limited to one person per day, per household.
  • Face masks will also need to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

FAQs on Religion and Ceremony

 

 

Update 28/05/21

New restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne

Source: 
COVIDSafe Settings
Acting Premier’s Statement
FAQ on Religion and Ceremonies

From 6pm tonight:

We have confirmed via Coronavirus Hotline that density quotient (1 person per 2sqm) still applies for Places of Worship. Therefore social gathering cap of 30 people is not applicable. 

Places of worship

  • Open – current restrictions remain unchanged.
  • Face masks must be worn when indoors.

Social Gatherings:

  • Private gatherings in the home are limited to five visitors per day for metropolitan Melbourne, not including infants under 12 months old.
  • Partner visits are not included in the daily limit.
  • Public gatherings are limited to 30 people for Metropolitan Melbourne.

Weddings and funerals

  • Depending on where the wedding or funeral is held, private gathering, public gathering or venue limits may apply. 
  • Face masks must be worn when indoors.

Density Quotient and Contact Tracing

All Places of Worship must apply the two square metre rule and use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Code Service.

COVIDSafe Plan

Face masks must be carried at all times and worn indoors.

Please check this page regularly for the latest updates.

Best Practice Tips for COVIDSafe Churches and Ministries

 

Update 11/05/21 – Density limits lift on small to medium-sized venues

From 28 May, places of worship less than 400 square metres can host gatherings of up to 200 people per space, without any density limit. There must be COVID marshals on site to ensure all visitors are checking in via the free Victorian Government QR Code Service at each space. Larger spaces will still need to observe density limits of 1 per 2sqm. 

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Advice:
BUV COVID-19 Advice (Feb-Apr21)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (Dec/Jan21)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (Oct/Nov)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (Sept)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (Aug)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (July)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (June)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (May)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (April)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (March)

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