Are you wondering what the latest changes to COVID restrictions mean for Brunswick Uniting?

September 2022

Pastoral Letter to the Congregation 30/9/2022

Dear Friends,
The Church Council has accepted a recommendation from our COVID Reference Group that from this Sunday 2nd October mask wearing be optional but recommended in worship at BUC.
Up until now we have asked our worshipping congregation to mask as an expression of communal love for our vulnerable neighbour.
What has changed?
  • We are emerging from winter and the warmer weather, outdoor lifestyle and greater ventilation lessens the risk of infection
  • Case numbers are trending down (although further waves are projected)
  • Mask wearing is no longer required on public transport meaning there are now very few indoor settings in our society where masking is compulsory (not a reason on its own to make the change but it means more people are less in the habit of masking)
  • Anti-viral medication together with boosted vaccinations are giving good outcomes for our most vulnerable members when they do become infected.
What hasn’t changed?
  • Unvaccinated people and people with complex health needs continue to be vulnerable and may choose not to attend worship
  • Worship remains a high risk context for infection being an enclosed space where physical distancing is difficult and people are singing
  • health authorities continue to “strongly recommend” mask wearing “if you are indoors in a public space or outside in a crowded place where you can’t physically distance.” https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks  
We will continue to emphasise communal love for our vulnerable neighbours by:
  • Recommending masking indoors and while singing
  • Having our Holy Communion servers mask while serving
  • Encouraging people to monitor their health, and stay home if unwell [note: we have a supply RATs which can be distributed for congregational use – ask a member of the Compassion Team for one]
If you are concerned about this change please contact Ian to talk about it (0438 547 842).
Together we are the body of Christ and individually members of it (1Corinthians 12:27).
Peace be with you.
Ian (on behalf of the COVID Reference Group of BUC Church Council)

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