Recently the NSW Government announced its “roadmap” for the easing of restrictions. These are expected to begin during the course of this month, once 70% of people in NSW aged 16 and over have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Further easing of restrictions will take place when the double-dose vaccination rate reaches 80%, and again at 90%.
At the 80% rate, Masses can resume for all who wish to attend (in keeping with capacity limits). So that no one is excluded from participating in Mass if they so wish, the church will remain closed for Masses until that point, which is expected to occur by November.
This is in keeping with today’s request by Bishop Vincent Long. The Archdiocese of Sydney, the Diocese of Broken Bay and the Diocese of Wollongong (which, along with our diocese, cover all the parishes in Greater Metropolitan Sydney) will also resume the celebration of Mass at that time. The Bishops of NSW are concerned that any earlier resumption of Masses, while permissible, would exclude those who are not fully vaccinated at that time.
We thank you for your continued patience and support, and we look forward to being able to welcome you back to the church soon.
In the meantime, if you have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, we strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible. Our Carmelite Community and our parish office staff are fully vaccinated, and recommend that everyone does the same for the protection of themselves, their loved ones, and our whole community.