Thursday, 30 September 2021

update on restrictions in South East Queensland, as it affects Gold Coast Parishes

You have probably heard the latest news updates, but just in case, 

Effective 30 September 2021 at 4:00pm the local government areas (LGAs) of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island will enter Stage 2 restrictions of the COVID Safe Roadmap.  Please find the new restrictions below for anyone who is or has been anywhere in these LGAs.


Face Masks: You must wear a face mask at all times when you are indoors, including churches and workplaces unless you are alone in an office or meeting room with the door closed, eating or drinking, or it is unsafe to wear a mask.  This affects parish liturgies and events as follows:

·        Clergy and readers must keep their mask on at all times.

·        Parishioners must keep their masks while indoors unless unsafe to do so.

·        Choirs and all cantors will be required to keep their masks on at all times.

Face masks must also be worn outdoors when you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away from people who are not from your household, unless you are eating or drinking, or it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Masses and Gatherings:

·        Occupancy: Places of worship will move to following occupancy restrictions (this also applies to baptisms) with use of the COVID Safe Checklist.

o   Larger Places of Worship over 200 sq metres: 1 person per 4 sq metres indoors

OR 75% capacity for ticketed and allocated seating. Ticketed seating means a person is given a ticket with their seat number on it and will remain (as much as possible) in their allocated seat while at the place of worship.

o   Smaller Places of Worship up to 200sq metres: 1 person per 2 sq metres, up to a maximum of 50 people

o   Outdoors:1 person per 2 sq metres

·        Weddings and Funerals, when held indoors, will follow the same occupancy noted above but are limited to a maximum of 100 people, whichever number is lower. Masks must be worn.


·        Food Service: People eating and drinking must be seated.  Masks must be worn except when eating or drinking.

Visiting vulnerable person facilities or the homebound:

·        Visits to hospitals, aged care and disability accommodation services) will continue to have restrictions.  Anyone who has been in the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, and Logan LGAs cannot visit aged care, hospitals, disability accommodation and detention centres. Please contact the facility to receive specific directives regarding visitation.

·        At present clergy or lay people may enter people's homes to take Holy Communion to the homebound but must keep their mask on during the visit and adhere to standard hand hygiene protocols. 

WorkplacesYou must wear a face mask at all times when you are indoors, including parish offices and other workplaces, unless you are alone in an office or meeting room with the door closed, eating or drinking, or it is unsafe to wear a mask

Please continue to check the list of contact tracing venues here: and follow the health advice if you have been to any of these locations.


The latest updates can be found at  

Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish,
50 Fairway Drive,
Clear Island Waters,
Queensland, 4226

Parish Phone: 07 5572 5433

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Acknowledgement of Country - This is Kombumerri Country - The Traditional Custodians of this region. 

We respectfully acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First People of this country. We pay our respects to the Kombumerri people, who are the traditional custodians of the land we live and work upon, throughout this parish of Surfers Paradise. We acknowledge Elders, past and present and emerging, as they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hopes of our Indigenous people. We pay tribute to those who have contributed in many ways to the life of the community. We affirm our commitment to justice,  healing, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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