As the 80% vaccination rate in New South Wales has been reached earlier than anticipated, the next easing of COVID restrictions will take effect from tomorrow, Monday 18 October.
Masses at Our Lady of Mount Carmel will resume from the 6:00 pm Mass on Saturday 23 October.
As places of worship need to comply with government regulations, anyone coming to Mass will need to abide by the following:
- Attendance will be capped at 1 person per 4 square metres
- Service NSW Check In will be required, but vaccination status will not be checked
- The assembly cannot sing, but a choir is allowed
- Masks must be worn, and COVID Safe practices (such as physical distancing) will continue
- The sign of peace can be made by way of a bow of the head
- Doors and windows should be open to maximise ventilation
Restrictions will ease further on 1 December, allowing increased capacity and singing.
We look forward to seeing parishioners back at Mass when they are ready to return.
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.