To ensure the health and wellbeing of Uniting Church members, every Church Council is reminded of their obligations around COVID-19 compliance.
Congregations must strictly follow all COVID requirements when holding any service or function. Those government requirements include, among other things:
Every congregation MUST have a COVID-safe plan in place. It is strongly recommended that a copy be provided to Synod’s Safety Officer.
Every entry to every building MUST have a QR code check-in displayed.
Every person who attends worship services MUST check in (in Victoria there MUST also be a COVID Check-in marshal at every gathering responsible for ensuring compliance).
In Victoria, every staff member and volunteer MUST be FULLY VACCINATED to attend any workplace outside their home, and every workplace (including churches) MUST have a record of the vaccination status of every staff member or volunteer.
Random COVID-Compliance audit inspections are being undertaken by government authorities. You MUST be able to provide evidence of all of the above when asked by any relevant authority.
There are SUBSTANTIAL fines (up to $20,000 each) for every breach and local congregations are responsible for any fines incurred.