Places of worship to close as part of COVID-19 measures

St Augustineʼs Church in Maryborough is just one place of worship now closed locally due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Churches across the state have been shutdown just weeks before Easter amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The State Government’s decision to implement a stage one shutdown of all non-essential businesses from midday yesterday included places of worship, such as churches, mosques and synagogues, impacting religious groups and organisations both locally and across Victoria.

The decision comes after Catholic Bishops from across the state announced last Wednesday that all public masses would be suspended indefinitely following the government’s ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people.

Weddings and funerals may not be able to go ahead as a result of the decision and may have to proceed with a smaller number of people in attendance or at a later date.

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 24

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