COVID-19 Updates

As of 15th March 2021, social distancing is no longer needed in churches here in WA.

The only condition applicable is that the maximum attendance at mass is 75% of the seating capacity.

Contact registers are still mandatory to help with contact tracing.

More details are found on the government's website here.

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The below statements are from previous releases.

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On Thursday 3 December 2020, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB released his latest Revised Directives to be implemented in the Archdiocese of Perth in relation to COVID-19 and new WA Government requirements. The WA Government now requires public venues, including our churches, to keep contact registers again from Saturday 5 December 2020, and it has relaxed the 2sqm rule for a 60% church capacity requirement instead.

Click here to read the Archbishop's latest Revised Directives of 3 December 2020.

Click here for all of the Archdiocesan COVID-19 statements and resources.

Click here to read the WA Government's media release on the requirement for contact registers from 5 December 2020.

Click here to read the WA Government's media release on the 60% church capacity requirement.

Key points to note for us as a Parish include:

  • All persons aged 16 years and older who come into our church or Parish Centre for any reason are required by law to register their name, contact number, date and time of arrival in the various ways provided. 

  • Registering for weekday Masses will be done manually on separate lists for each day with the assistance of ushers.

  • Registering for weekend Masses will be done by ushers marking off names on lists of parishioners from our parish register. Only names will be displayed on these lists and no contact details, as contact details are already in the parish register and they can be accessed readily if required. Those not on the list will need their contact details written manually at the bottom of the list.

  • Entrance to the church is to be made only through the church foyer, not side entrances, to enable all people to be registered by the ushers. Those using the side entrances for disability access need to inform the ushers of their arrival through someone's assistance.

  • Arrangements for people and groups who access the church or Parish Centre outside of Mass times will be made individually.

  • All registration details collected by the Parish will be held securely, will not be shared or used by the Parish for other purposes as per normal Privacy Act requirements, and will only be given to relevant government bodies should a COVID-19 incident occur in our Parish.

  • Registering can also be done through scanning our unique Parish QR code, located in the church foyer, using the SafeWA app installed on your smartphone. These contact registration details through QR code scanning will be held by the WA Government, not by our Parish, for 28 days. Click here to read about the new SafeWA app and QR code scanning.

  • Registering for Christmas Masses will be done through our online TryBooking system to manage the larger numbers.

  • We are no longer required to keep 2sqm / 1.5m per person social distancing within our church. We are now required to limit the church capacity to 60%, which for our church means 180 people. Social distancing however is still encouraged when you are in the church.

The WA Government COVID Phase 4 requirements are still in place. Things in our parish which continue to be maintained to comply with these requirements include:

  • Hand sanitisers are available at entrances, regular cleaning of the church continues, and not attending if you are unwell, travelled from interstate or overseas within 14 days, or if you have been exposed recently to COVID-19.

  • Baptisms continue to be celebrated, with one family per celebration and in accord with the above safety measures.

  • Weddings continue to be celebrated with the above safety measures.

  • Funerals continue to be celebrated with the above safety measures.

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation has always been available by request. It is also available before each weekend Mass.

  • First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation celebrations have recommenced.

  • Holy Communion to the housebound is available upon request. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion / Viaticum is also available upon request, including nursing homes, hospitals, and aged care facilities (see Pastoral Letter). These will be celebrated in accord with the guidelines from the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (AHPPC).

Government Links:

  • Measures that the Western Australian government have put in place to reduce the spread of Coronavirus can be accessed here.

  • Public Health Advice from the Western Australian Department of Health is available here.

  • The WA COVID-19 Roadmap with it's four phases is available here.

  • The CovidSafe App which we are encouraged to download and use is available here.

  • Australian Government’s Department of Health Advice is available by clicking here.

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources are available by clicking here.

  • Coronavirus updates in different languages can be accessed here.

Phone: 08 9341 1124

104 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough

PO Box 156, Scarborough WA 6922

scarborough@perthcatholic.org.au