Ease Restrictions on churches and Let us Sing!

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Given the announcement by the NSW state government which allows Sydney's major stadiums to increase to 50% capacity, we are calling upon the NSW Parliament to ease restrictions currently placed on places of worship. Currently, we are restricted to 100 people in attendance regardless of building size and singing is banned during worship services.

It is inconsistent and unnecessary to only allow 100 in attendance and ban people from singing in church while allowing up to 40,000 spectators to scream and yell at a football match at ANZ stadium. Churches are an essential part of life for many Australians and the current restrictions placed on us seriously hinder our ability to carry out our faith and to serve the communities we are in. 

According to the NSW government statement on stadiums, the decision to open them up was based on "updated health advise" by our Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant. This health advice needs to be applied to places of worship, weddings, and funerals as well in order to promote the well-being of the Australian community. 

I urge our Premier, The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian, and the Minister for Health, The Honourable Brad Hazzard, to allow churches to again meet at the 4sq meter rule and to lift the ban on singing.

It is our desire to serve our communities and be a place of strength, hope and stability in these trying times. Lifting these restrictions will allow churches and other places of worship to provide the essential services necessary for the well being of NSW.