The Queensland Government has announced a three day lockdown in effect for the Greater Brisbane Region from 5pm 29 March 2021 – 5pm Thursday 1 April 2021 due to four new cases of community transmission of COVID-19. The lockdown restrictions are in place for Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, Moreton and Brisbane Council areas.
Restrictions for Greater Brisbane Parishes (this also impacts any priests from outside the region who were in the Greater Brisbane Region since 20 March) include:
- Under the current restrictions people will only be able to leave their homes for essential reasons such as grocery shopping, exercise, work and medical care.
- Masses in the Greater Brisbane Region will be cancelled up until 6pm on Holy Thursday at the earliest. The Queensland Government has advised that a further update regarding restrictions will be provided in the evening on Wednesday 31 March and we will be closely monitoring the announcements in order to advise you about the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday evening.
- Livestream Masses may continue during the lockdown period with only the Parish Priest and the camera operator present.
- Funerals may be conducted with a maximum of 20 people, excluding officials. It appears that priests from outside of the Greater Brisbane Region may preside at funerals in Greater Brisbane in line with restrictions
- Weddings may be conducted with a maximum of 10 people, including celebrant and witnesses
- Due to restrictions on non-essential businesses, wedding receptions or other events after weddings or funerals should be postponed.
Under the current restrictions, masks are compulsory for all of Queensland. You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. Individuals are required to wear a mask in indoor spaces, including churches and places of worship.
We wish you a prayerful and safe Holy Week ahead.