A LETTER FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF VICTORIA
13 March 2020
Prayerful greetings to the people of God across Victoria,
You would be aware of the precautionary measures underway in light of changes to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Following this afternoon’s decision of the governments of Australia, all organised non-essential large gatherings (of 500 or more) are recommended to cease from Monday 16 March
. In our circumstances, this includes the celebration of Mass and other liturgies that bring together significantly large numbers.
We believe that this is a good and measured decision, and should be understood as a responsible and precautionary step to protect the most vulnerable amongst us, especially our elderly, the infirm and the very young.