The Rocks Church COVID-19 Update
Learn more about what we’re doing to create safe environments for your family.
Effective 12:01am Thursday, 3 March, upgraded public health and social measures will apply state-wide.
The measures are focussed on decreasing the number of people that mix in high risk venues to minimise the surge in cases and hospitalisations.
Level 2 measures are expected to be in place for about four weeks, with a review to be undertaken at the end of the month.
The Level 2 measures include:
- Mask-wearing requirements expanded to children in Years 3-6 in all public indoor settings, usual exemptions apply
- 2sqm rule to hospitality (seated service only for food and beverage), fitness venues, higher education, entertainment venues, places of worship, galleries and museums, with a 150 person cap (patrons only)
- 2sqm rule for hairdressers, tattoo parlours and beauty services
- 2sqm rule applies to public venues, such as swimming pools and recreational centres
- 500 capacity limit and mask requirement apply to outdoor events and venues (in addition to the 2sqm rule)
- Optus Stadium, HBF Park, RAC Arena and other front facing seated entertainment venues will operate at 50% capacity – mask wearing required at major stadiums
- 4sqm rule and seated service only on the Crown casino gaming floor
- Seated service only at nightclubs in addition to 2sqm rule and a 150 capacity
- Private indoor and outdoor home gatherings limited to a total of 10 people
- Private outdoor gatherings in a public space limited to 50 people
- Weddings and funerals permitted with the 2sqm rule and 150 capacity – no more than 10 people inside if held at a private residence
- Indoor community sports as per venue requirement, with no spectators, except for parents or guardian
- Outdoor community sports permitted with no spectators, except for parents or guardians
- 2 visitors per resident per day to aged care and disability care facilities
- No visitors to hospitals, except for spouses, parents or carers, birth partners or for compassionate reasons
- Masks are required:
- in all public indoor settings, including in the workplace
- in all vehicles unless the person is travelling alone or with members of the same household
- in hospitals, disability and residential aged care facilities.
Up to date proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or medical exemption with ID remains a requirement at certain venues and events state-wide.
Implications to THE ROCKS
- Sunday Gatherings at Cannington location will be limited to 150 adults attendance per gathering. To attend either 9AM or 10:30AM, Online registration is required. Simply head to therocks.info and click the tab “Sunday Gatherings – Cannington”.
Starting From 6am Monday, 21st February 2022
- The indoor mask mandate is also set to be extended to apply to the entire state.
- ‘Level One Measures’ are due to come into effect for Perth, Peel, the South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and the Pilbara.
- These include a two square metre capacity limit for venues including:
- Hospitality and entertainment venues (eg bars, restaurants, cafes)
- Cultural venues
- Fitness venues
- Beauty services
- Places of worship
Implications to THE ROCKS
- Starting from Monday, 21st February 2022, two square metre capacity limit will be applied for both Cannington and Balidivis locations.
- Face Mask is still required to enter The Rocks buildings.
- Registrations is not required for all The Rocks gatherings.
With the current ever-changing COVID conditions, we are aware of the worries, questions and anxieties that have arisen in the community. In the past couple of weeks, we as a church body have been praying and discussing how we should best approach the situation at hand.
As one of our ministry strategies is to endear the community, the main questions that we found ourselves asking during this time were: What does acting in love look for us at this moment? And how do we ensure that we continue to obey the Lord’s command to ‘Do everything in love’ (1 Cor. 16:14)? With that as the backdrop, we have concluded on the following approach, and thus would like to formally update you on what we have decided to do as a church going forward:
We will continue to follow and respect the WA government’s advice. When it’s possible, The Rocks Church will continue to provide opportunities for The Rocks guests to attend gatherings both in-person and digitally.
- Face masks: As you are all aware, masks are currently required to be worn at all public indoor settings— which includes our church. As such, to protect one another and allow for the safe proceedings of our services, we kindly ask everyone to please follow this advice at all times during your time at THE ROCKS.
- Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination: Starting from the 31st of January 2022, proof of double-dose vaccination will be required to enter most venues and events state-wide. However, as of the latest government update, this requirement does not apply to our church. Although there exists a rule that large indoor events of more than 500 people are required to show vaccination passports, as we are a regular service rather than a one-off event, we are exempt from doing so. Nonetheless, should this rule change in the near future, please know that THE ROCKS will readily comply.
[updated on Thu, 3rd Feb 2022]