COVID Information

St Jude’s Brighton follows the directions of the government and advice from the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide. Visitors will be asked to sign in manually or by QR code, masks are worn during worship, and everyone will be asked to follow directions that aim to limit the transition of the virus.

For the latest advice please see the SA Health website.

Please note the following advice was issued by Joe Thorp- Registrar and Secretary of Synod of the Diocese of Adelaide on 26/11/21.

Dear Clergy and lay leaders,
 
Since my last Information Update on this subject on 16 November we have been working through the implications of the Department of Health “Assessing and Managing the Risk: COVID exposures in general businesses and venues” see link here.
 Assessing and Managing the Risk of COVID exposures 

Since my last Information Update on this subject on 16 November we have been working through the implications of the Department of Health “Assessing and Managing the Risk: COVID exposures in general businesses and venues”see link here.
 
Places of Worship
 
Whilst there are still some unresolved questions about singing, there are serious implications in these guidelines for places of worship, which I encourage you to communicate to your congregations and to people planning to attend your place of worship.
 
Your communities need to know that if they attend a church service, which is attended by a person who then tests positive for COVID-19, then those who attended that service who are unvaccinated will be deemed to be a “Casual Contact”.
 
According to the guidelines a “Casual Contact” must get a minimum of three tests and quarantine until the first negative test result; and for 14 days must:

  • Wear a surgical mask when around other people at all times
  • Avoid contact with vulnerable people
  • Avoid non-essential activities where possible
  • Avoid shared spaces and maintain physical distancing 

This effectively means they must stay at home and only go out for essential shopping and to attend Doctor’s appointments for 14 days.
 
I have instructed Diocesan Staff (Synod Office, Bishop’s Office, St Barnabas College) that if for any reason they are deemed to be a “Casual Contact” that they must not come to Diocesan Offices and must work from home during that 14-day period.
 
Parish Meeting Rooms & Offices

Please also be aware that if you spend more than 1 minute in a room sized less than 100m2 with a person who then tests positive to COVID-19, if you are vaccinated you will be deemed to be a “Casual Contact” or a “Vaccinated close Contact” depending on whether you were wearing masks or not.  If you are unvaccinated you will be deemed to be an “Unvaccinated close contact” and will need to quarantine for 14 days. 
 
This means that parishes need to give serious thought about your approach to being in offices or meeting rooms together and to the practice of wearing masks.
 
Diocesan Offices North Adelaide
 
After consulting with the Archbishop I have determined that entry into Diocesan Offices (St Barnabas Building and The Lodge) for staff and visitors will be conditional upon being vaccinated against COVID-19.
  
This policy comes into effect for visitors immediately. Visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination to Reception on entry, and shall be refused entry if unable to do so.
 
This policy applies to children who are unvaccinated and there are unfortunately no exceptions for those with a medical exemption. 
 
This has been designed to reduce the risk that occupants of the building become “Casual Contacts” meaning they would not be able to attend work or other shared spaces for 14 days, or “Vaccinated Close Contacts” meaning they would have to quarantine for 7 days.
 
You should all be aware that the operators of the Steadfast Business Centre, where our Professional Standards Director is located, have made the same determination.
 
If you are invited to meetings in Diocesan Offices, the organiser will provide an alternative means of attending – for example via Zoom or Teams so that we do not exclude people from participating or communicating.
 
Mandatory Vaccination?
 
Diocesan Council has considered the vaccination issues and has determined that at this stage under the current health guidelines that Synod will not mandate vaccination against COVID-19 for Church Workers (that is Clergy, employees, volunteers and Parish Councils), nor will it mandate vaccination as a condition of entry to our places of worship.
 
That is why it is important that you understand the SA Health “Managing the risk for COVID Exposures in general businesses and venues” guidelines, and that you inform your communities of the implications of attending your place of worship, so that they can make informed choices.  And that you make plans for your offices and meeting rooms.
 
This will apply until further notice.
 
When we have received clarification about singing I will provide a further update.
 
I continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for the care and safety of others.
 
Joe Thorp
Registrar and Secretary of Synod

Further advice received frm the Diocese of Adelaide on Wednesday 1st December 2021

Singing

Since SA Health issued their document “Assessing and managing the risk: COVID exposures in general businesses and venues” we have had a number of queries about the statement in Table 1 regarding singing as an aerosol behaviour and the impact of that on the assessment of category of contact (Low Risk, Casual, Vaccinated Close contact etc) SA Health have today advised us:  “Singing can still occur with services: If singing is essential to your practice of worship or faith based service, this is permitted, but masks must be worn at all times. To ensure masks remain effective and protect you, you should change your mask as soon as it becomes damp and also after you have finished singing. Make sure you bring spare masks, a bag to keep used masks in, and hand sanitiser to use before and after putting on or taking off a mask.If the congregation has the ability to follow the recommendations in the above statement this information would then be utilised by those undertaking contact tracing.  The appropriate use of masks has the potential to alter the risk level associated with events including services should a COVID positive be identified that has attended.”

Communion
Those administering Communion should be masked.  Their hands should be sanitised after handling masks as the last action before administering Communion, not before. 
Those receiving Communion should keep their mask on whilst approaching the server and whilst receiving.   Once they have moved away, only then should they briefly remove their mask to eat or drink the offering.
Whilst cloth masks are great, and attractive, SA Health advise that the best protection is provided by Triple Layer Surgical Masks.