Good afternoon all,
This is the latest directive from the State Government regarding coronavirus:
From 12.01am on Friday 29 April 2022 the following will take effect:
- No longer mandatory, except in the following settings:
- on public transport, in taxis and rideshare vehicles and other passenger transport
- hospitals, residential aged care and disability service facilities, and correctional facilities
- Masks are encouraged where physical distancing is not possible
Density and capacity limits
- The 2sqm rule is removed
- Capacity limits removed for all entertainment venues, stadiums and events
Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations
- No longer required to enter venues and businesses
- Still required to visit hospitals and residential aged care facilities
- Mandatory workplace vaccination requirements remain in place
- Two visitors permitted per patient per day
- Essential visitors are also allowed at hospitals for compassionate reasons
- Visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and wear a mask
Residential aged care and disability care facilities
- Two visitors permitted per resident per day
- Masks must be worn by staff and visitors indoors and outdoors
- Visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations
- Close contacts with no symptoms are not required to isolate for seven (7) days, but must:
- undertake a daily Rapid Antigen Test
- wear a mask when leaving the house
- avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, disability and aged care facilities, and correctional facilities
- work from home, where possible
- avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness
- Should also notify their employer/educational facility of their close contact status
- Close contacts with symptoms must continue to isolate until symptoms resolve and get tested as per existing protocols
- If a close contact tests positive, they must isolate for a further seven (7) days as per arrangements for positive COVID-19 cases
What difference does this make to the parish?
- No more capacity limits, which means we could have larger gatherings (eg funerals, weddings etc.) but on normal Sundays- no difference, as our numbers are way down at the moment
- Masks are no longer mandatory
My personal preference is to continue wearing a mask; I know that I am in the ‘vulnerable’ cohort, so I will continue to wear a mask in church, at the shops etc., and I will continue to have to be masked at the two Aged Care facilities where I conduct monthly services. I will wear a mask to protect myself and my family but also to protect others.
So next Sunday it will be your decision whether to wear a mask in church or not. I know some have found wearing a mask difficult as it can affect breathing, so for them this may come as a relief; others may be concerned that there may be added risk; and some may not be bothered either way. We live in difficult, stressful times and the pandemic is not over…. So I ask you to take care of yourself as well as considering others.
Changing the subject, it will soon be time for the Annual Meeting of Parishioners- and if you’re thinking, ‘it can’t possibly be a year since the last one’ you are not alone!
The date will be Sunday 12th June following a single, combined service at 9:30am: please put it in your diary. The questionnaire circulated after last year’s annual meeting was helpful and some changes will be made accordingly- thank you to those who completed and returned it. Every parishioner is invited to attend the annual meeting, which is an opportunity to hear how our parish is travelling in all sorts of ways, and to ask questions.
Every three years it is a requirement that parishioners complete an Application for Enrolment Form- and this is the year, and a form is attached which can be completed online and then returned to the parish office by email. Alternatively there will be paper copies of the form available at church. If you have previously filled in one of these forms, you still need to complete a new one. Enrolment on the Parish Roll means that you can
- Vote at the annual meeting
- Nominate or be nominated for a position on Parish Council
This form is NOT the same as the Parish Contact Form, which is purely for parish information.
I encourage every adult who attends St Nic’s to fill in an enrolment form and attend the Annual Meeting. I will send more information in the weeks before 12th June and hope you will ask me, a Warden or a Parish Councillor if you have any questions.
Tonight Parish Council meets; please keep Marian Green and Sandra Boylan (Wardens), Ed Scott and Karen Chapman (Synod representatives) Sam Chua (Treasurer), Andrew Lucas (Secretary) Margaret Cristiano and Greg Williams and me in your prayers as we make decisions on your behalf.
Here is the Collect Prayer for this week:
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life
of all who put their trust in him:
raise us, we pray, from the death of sin
to the life of righteousness;
that we may ever seek the things which are above,
where he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Reverend Lorna A M Green