Churches are questioning the fairness of Queensland’s roadmap to easing COVID-19 restrictions, surprised by increased restrictions on singing in a worship service.
“Gyms, sporting facilities, pubs, restaurants and churches all must adhere to one person per 4 square metres for overall attendance,” ACL Qld director Wendy Francis observed, “By contrast, because singing is common in almost all churches, the singing limits church attendance to one individual per 7 square metres."
“Singing is integral to Christian worship. This new rule is confusing and discriminatory. What about karaoke in pubs, singing happy birthday in a restaurant or cheering at a sporting match? How can there be one law for a pub song or footy team song, but another for worshippers singing in church?
“Christians are not asking for special treatment, just consistency and fairness.”