NSW churches have been left disappointed after the State government announced a further relaxation of COVID restrictions.
It was hoped that under the new rules, churches would be able to return to full congregational singing, but those hopes have been dashed.
From today [February 26], the number of singers on stage can be increased from 5 to 30 indoors, subject to social distancing.
However, the congregation can only sing if they are wearing masks, and must adhere to the one person per four square metre rule.
Under the previous restrictions, the one person per two square metre rule was in place, meaning that the number of people in attendance would now have to drop.
NSW is the only state in Australia that still has a ban on congregational worship, with all other jurisdictions allowing singing without masks.