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Coronavirus update – Playing it Safe

Each Sunday evening at 7pm Bishop Ross Bay will be leading Night Prayer, which will be live-streamed to his Facebook page. You can find him on Facebook at Bishop Ross Bay. You can find the liturgy for the service here.

As of Thursday 14 May, New Zealand is at Alert Level 2 for at least two weeks in a staged approach to opening up the country after seven weeks of lockdown.

Most ‘normal’ activities can resume, with physical distancing, contact tracing and hygiene requirements in place. Gatherings are permitted but only up to 10 people can be present. The only exception is funerals which can have up to 50 people. As a general guideline, let’s play it safe.

For the diocese this means:

  • Worship gatherings should still be online as we cannot gather in groups of more than 10 but plan now for the time when restrictions are eased further. The earliest we could hold Sunday worship would be Pentecost Day, 31 May.

  • Weddings and small group meetings can take place, but only 10 people can attend. Up to 50 people can be present at funerals and tangihanga. Contact tracing, physical distancing and hygiene requirements must be met.

  • You will need to decide locally about the use of church halls and lounges. Consult with your user groups and make sure you are satisfied with their arrangements for physical distancing, personal and venue hygiene and contact tracing.

  • Maintain physical distancing in public (ideally 2 metres) and 1 metre in other environments.

  • Workers can return to workplaces but contact tracing, physical distancing and hygiene systems must be in place.

  • Continue to practise good hygiene – wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Domestic travel is allowed, but in a safe way.

Please follow these instructions and check here for regular updates and FAQs.

Thank you for your perseverance through these many weeks of change and uncertainty. Let us continue to pray for one another in the work to which we are called.

Bishop Ross Bay