COVID-19 Safety Plans

2 Aug 2020 by Rev Dr John Squires in: Formation and Discipleship Resources

COVID19 Safety Plans

 


From Rev Dr John Squires
Presbytery Minister - Wellbeing


A reminder that restrictions are changing on a regular basis, and it is important to remain up-to-date on what is the current situation.

For churches in the the ACT, go to
https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/what-you-can-do/faqs-changes-to-restrictions/weddings-funeral-worship

For churches in NSW, go to
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/places-of-worship
A reminder that all churches in NSW are required to register with the Government as a COVID-Save Business. This can be done at
https://www.nsw.gov.au/register-your-business-as-covid-safe

The most recent Guidance Note from the Synod can be found at
https://nswact.uca.org.au/media/8967/covid19-guidance-note-gn12-restrictions-tighten-from-24th-july-2020-final.pdf

If you are holding any activities in person on Uniting Church property, please remember that you MUST have registered your COVID Safety Plan for that activity with Synod and Presbytery. You should maintain social distancing, ensure the 4 square metre rule is adhered to, collect contact details from those attending, ensure that cleaning is undertaken both BEFORE and AFTER the activity. Good ventilation, no physical contact, no singing, and no serving of food made in people’s homes, should all be part of the plan.

These requirements are demanding. We are all in chartered waters. Let us hold one another in prayer and work together in constructive ways. The dangers from the virus are high; we need to minimise the risks in every possible way. There is much energy been directed towards ensuring that we all do this. 

Let us value the commitment and dedication of all who are focusing on these important tasks. As I heard one person say, recently: “let us love another enough that we stay apart from one another”. A paradox, but a deep truth for our times.