COVID-19 – Safe Return to Church Framework

The health and safety of all people attending our sites is paramount and it is essential that there is strict adherence to the measures outlined within the Fact Sheets and re-opening application form below.

Formal written approval of the Bishop will be required prior to the re-opening of any activity and will be dependent on your ability to comply with all measures listed below.

ALL completed re-opening application forms are to be submitted to whs@newcastleanglican.org.au.  If you have any queries, please phone the Diocesan Office on 4926 3733. For urgent reporting of COVID-19 cases, please phone 1800 797 455 immediately.

Further advice in relation to other activities that have not yet re-commenced will be given at a later date and in accordance with Government guidelines.

The Bishop may change this direction at any time in response to managing COVID-19.

  • December Outbreak Requirements

    December Outbreak

    Due to the current outbreak within NSW the following documents have been prepared. It is a timely reminder that this virus is still present within the community and to ensure the continued safety of all persons attending or sites it is imperative that we ensure strict adherence to the measures outlined within the Diocesan COVID19 Safety plan. The measures outlined in these documents will continue until further direction is provided.

    Related Documents:

    December Outbreak Requirements – No.1

  • Safe Return to Church

  • Safe Re-opening of Opportunity and Retail Shops

  • Safe Reinstatement of Hall Hire to Third Parties

    Hall Hire to Third Parties

    Parishes can now begin the process of recommencing Hall Hire arrangements with Third Parties. Each Third Party will be required to complete the Hall Hire COVID -19 Annexure in addition to the standard hall hire agreement (if this has not been completed by the Third Party previously).

    The Parish must confirm that the Third Party is able to comply with all requirements. A copy of the completed Annexure is to be sent to the Diocesan Office prior to commencement of the arrangement. The Parish must have a process in place to carry out regular checks of the Cleaning Record and also the cleaning that is undertaken by the third party.

    Public health orders advise that excluding worship activities any class, gathering or organised event held in any church building can have 20 or less participants. 

    Note: This process does not allow for the recommencement of parish organised youth and child activities. Separate advice will be provided on this.

    Fact Sheet:

    Fact Sheet No.1: COVID-19 Safe Reinstatement of Hall Hire to Third Parties

    Resources:

    Hire/Casual Hall Hire Agreement – COVID-19 Annexure
    Record of Cleaning

    Signage:

    Conditions of Entry sign
    Maximum Capacity sign

    COVID-19 – Keep your distance
    COVID-19 – simple steps to stop the spread
    COVID-19 – good hygiene is in your hands

  • Safe Return to Child and Youth Activities

    Child and Youth Activities

    Parishes can now apply for permission to recommence Child and Youth activities within the Diocese.

    At this stage the risk to children and the role children play in transmission of COVID19 is not fully understood. While there has been a relatively low number of cases in children it is important that we have robust measures in place to protect not only the health and safety of children and youth that will engage in activities on our sites but also the adults who will be involved in conducting these activities.

    Formal written approval from the Bishop will be required prior to the recommencement of these activities and will be dependent on your ability to comply with all measures outlined in the relevant Fact Sheets.

    Public health orders advise that excluding worship activities, any class, gathering or organised event held in any church building can have a maximum 20 participants (this excludes the person/s that are conducting the activity and any parents, guardians or carers of participants – noting that the maximum capacity of the building will need to be adhered too).

    As part of the Child Safe Church arrangements there must be at least 2 adults present to run the activity and the Incumbent or other Supervisor must be able to attend and/or supervise the activity.

    Fact Sheets:

    Fact Sheet No.1: Registration and Record Management – Child and Youth Activities
    Fact Sheet No.2: Preparing the Site – Child and Youth Activities
    Fact Sheet No.3: General Requirements – Child and Youth Activities
    Fact Sheet No.4: Cleaning Requirements – Child and Youth Activities
    Fact Sheet No.5: Incident Response – Child and Youth Activities
    Fact Sheet: Safe Use of Masks

    Form:

    The application form must be completed by the Incumbent, a Church Warden and the Ministry Activity Leader.
    Child and Youth Activities Recommencement Application Form

    Additional Resources:

    COVIDSafe Induction and Training Checklist – Child and Youth Activities
    Attendance Record Sheet – Child and Youth Activities
    Parent Communication – Child and Youth Activities
    Volunteer Health and Medical Declaration Form
    COVID-19 – Do I need to wear a mask?

  • Safe Re-opening of Office Sites for Parish Workers

    Find answers to frequently asked questions here.

    This page last updated 21st December 2020