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Places of worship considered 'workplaces' for Easter services

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 3/04/2020 Inga Neilsen

Places of worship taking part in religious services over the Easter break will be considered "workplaces" under social distancing restrictions.

Places of worship that are broadcasting or streaming services for Easter will be permitted to host extra people, so long as they are abiding by social distancing protocols.

"The same rules that apply to a workplace, to those who are presenting the service, conducting the service, will apply as they do in other places of work," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media during a press conference on COVID-19 coronavirus at Parliament House in Canberra. © Sydney Morning Herald Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media during a press conference on COVID-19 coronavirus at Parliament House in Canberra. That means that additional people involved in Easter rituals in certain Orthodox religions will be allowed to take part – so long as they abide by the four-square-metre distancing rule.

Mr Morrison said churches  would remain closed and people are not allowed to attend services. 

"Churches are not open, places of worship are not open, I want to be very clear about that," he said.

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