LSCC / CORONAVIRUS / FAQ

LAST UPDATED: 19 November 2021

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With the lifting of restrictions, there is no longer a need to register. Proof of vaccination continues to be a government requirement for entry.

The situation may continue to change so please look out for our update letter. Because of the pace of the changes, we are not able to update the FAQ and so some of the questions below may not be relevant. For any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email: info@lscc.org.au


REGISTRATION

When will the Church reopen?

After a prolonged period of lockdown in Melbourne, we thank God that we can finally look forward to reopening our church doors and welcoming you back to worship with us in person.

We have seen our church slowly reopen in accordance with the latest government directives. Victoria has reached Phase D (90% vaccinated). Sunday 21/11/2021, the restrictions on numbers/density has been lifted for fully vaccinated individuals only.

You may have some questions, which we hope will be answered below. For any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email: info@lscc.org.au

How many people can attend?

As of 21/11/2021, the restrictions on numbers/density has been lifted for fully vaccinated individuals

How do I register for the service?

There is no longer a requirement to register on Eventbrite.
Register Here

 


WHO SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT ATTEND

Can I attend the service? Who should not attend the service?

Please do NOT attend if you or anyone in your household are unwell (with a fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, or any symptoms of COVID-19) or have been a close contact and required to isolate, or are awaiting results from being tested for COVID-19, or if you have recently returned in the last 14 days from travelling (overseas or interstate), as per government regulations. Please stay at home and join us on our livestream.

In line with government recommendations, those who fall within moderate to high risk groups are advised to exercise own judgement to avoid large gatherings. If you are intending to carpool, please be aware of DHHS restrictions to carpooling if not from same household.

The current regulation requires that everyone attending the church service must be fully vaccinated (unless exempted). This means that to be able to attend church, you will need to be either Fully vaccinated (double dose) OR Exempted from vaccination (medical certificate required OR <16 years old). As per mandatory government regulations, you will need to provide either digital or printed proof of vaccination to our Covid Check-in Marshalls (Welcome Team) and check-in using the Service Victoria QR code system.

For more information, please refer to:

Do I need to be fully vaccinated in order to attend?

The current regulation requires that everyone attending the church service must be fully vaccinated (unless exempted). This means that to be able to attend church, you will need to be:

  • Fully vaccinated (double dose)
  • OR Exempted from vaccination (medical evidence required OR <16 years old)

You will also need to provide proof of vaccination to our Covid Check-in Marshalls (Welcome Team) using one of the methods below:

  • Fully vaccinated status on Service Victoria app (please refer to https://service.vic.gov.au/covid-19/add-covid-19-digital-certificate)
  • COVID-19 digital certificate (Medicare app, Service Victoria app, or equivalent smartphone wallet)
  • A printed version or immunisation history statement
  • OR if exempted: Certificate from a medical practitioner

Regrettably, we are unable to physically admit persons who are unable to provide proof of vaccination at this time until government directive no longer requires us to do so. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, please feel free to join us on our live stream at lscc.org/live.

I have recently tested negative but am still showing flu-like symptoms. Can I attend the service?
For the general well-being of the public, we recommend that you stay at home until you have fully recovered.
In the event of a known case during a week I attended, what will the process be? Will I be notified?
If there is a COVID-19 case detected in someone who has attended the service, we will provide details to DHHS for contact tracing and you will be notified.

 


WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT CHURCH

What time should I arrive for the church service?

As there will be a pre-entry process, please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the service. To avoid delays, please scan the Service Victoria QR code and check into the church with your vaccination status.

What is the process of entering and exiting the church?

You will also be required to check-in by scanning the Victorian Government QR code using the Service Victoria App. Once completed, please present your successful check-in to the welcome team for required verification.

Please note that based on the current directive issued by the Victorian government, we are required to sight your proof of vaccination upon entry. Regrettably, we are unable to physically admit persons who are unable to provide proof of vaccination at this time until government directive no longer requires us to do so. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, please feel free to join us on our live stream at lscc.org/live.

How to check-in using the Victorian Government QR code:

  1. There will be multiple copies of the required QR code scattered around the welcome area for your convenience.
  2. On arrival, scan the QR code using your smartphone’s camera.
  3. Alternatively, install, then scan or manually enter the QR Location code 6SP 2YW in the Service Victoria App. Download the Service Victoria app from Google Play Store or Apple App Store and use that to scan the QR code or enter the code manually.

You will also need to provide proof of vaccination to our Covid Check-in Marshalls (Welcome Team) using one of the methods below:

  • Fully vaccinated status on Service Victoria app (please refer to https://service.vic.gov.au/covid-19/add-covid-19-digital-certificate for how to add your COVID-19 digital certificate to your Service Victoria app)
  • COVID-19 digital certificate (Medicare app, Service Victoria app, or equivalent smartphone wallet)
  • A printed version or immunisation history statement
  • OR if exempted: Certificate from a medical practitioner
Will there be social distancing requirements inside the church?

We adhere to the social distancing rules required by the government. Please follow the directions provided by the ushers and follow the signage on the walls (e.g. maximum persons in a room) and markings on the floor to maintain adequate social distancing (e.g. staying 1.5m apart).

Will I need to wear a face mask in church?

Face masks are now mandatory (as of 25/5/2021) for all persons above the age of 12.

This has been updated from the previous directive from the Victorian health authorities regarding face masks states:

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • It is recommended (now mandatory as of 25/5/2021) to wear a face mask when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • Group singing is safest when wearing a face mask when singing indoors

If you don’t have a mask, please inform a member of the welcome team and they will be able to further assist.

Will singing be allowed in church?

The directive from the Victorian health authorities about singing states:

  • Singing is permitted
  • Group singing is safest with increased physical distancing, shorter performances, wearing a face mask when singing indoors, singing softly.

If you don’t have a mask, please inform a member of the welcome team and they will be able to further assist.

Will hand sanitisers be provided at church?

Multiples stations will be equipped with bottles of hand sanitiser. We encourage all attendees to use the hand sanitiser upon entry into the church premises.

Will there be communion?

Communion will be held only on a fortnightly basis and to reduce risk of contact transmission, we will be providing single-use communion elements.

This will allow us to comply with the directive from the Victorian health authorities .

Will there be an opportunity for offering? How can I give?

There will be an option to give physically in church (the process will be announced during the the service) but we encourage you to continue to give electronically through the electronic banking details available in our weekly bulletin, the Friend.

Will there be Sunday School for my children?

For the current period, Sunday school will continue to be conducted via Zoom.

We will provide an update when the situation changes.

Will the Live Streaming still be available?

Yes, we plan to continue live-streaming the service for the foreseeable future (which you can join via lscc.org.au/live or our  YouTube channel) as there may be some of us who are exploring church, overseas or not able to physically meet due to health safety and other appropriate personal reasons.