On 13 April 2022 St Andrew’s by the Sea Glenelg received an update from the Uniting Church in response to the South Australian government announcement of further easing of some COVID restrictions which take effect on Good Friday 15 April 2022. Acting General Secretary Sue Page and Moderator Bronte Wilson wrote:
The restrictions that relate to churches are as follows:
Mask requirements in all indoor public places have been removed––but strongly recommended in crowded spaces. An individual’s choice to wear a mask should be supported for those who wish to maintain this practice.
QR codes and contact tracing records are no longer required.
…Pending further information, the following requirements continue to apply to church activities until further notice:
· COVID Safe Plans
· COVID Marshals
· Hand sanitising and frequent cleaning
So, while masks are no longer required, we are encouraged to support one another as many of us may choose to continue the practice for the time being.
The latest advice from SA Health is available here.
As we enter Stage 4 Restrictions in South Australia, I am mindful of the many reactions and feelings this may bring to each of us. My heart goes out to those for whom these days will be especially challenging – those whose work is affected but who will not receive support, those who are struggling with mental or physical health issues, those who feel isolated or who do not have adequate accommodation or basic necessities, health and other frontline workers, etc.
I was moved to write and offer a prayer for us at this time which I will insert below – a small gesture.