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Online petition advocates for fairness in Victoria’s COVID roadmap

Updated 9 October 2020

Thousands of people of faith across Victoria have signed an online petition urging Premier Daniel Andrews and his Government to change the current restrictions applied to places of worship under Step 3 of the Victorian roadmap to recovery. Under the current roadmap, Step 3 would see cafes and restaurants reopen with a COVID-safe plan and seat up to 20 people indoors and 50 outdoors. By comparison, places of worship with a COVID-safe plan would only be allowed to open for private worship (one family plus another within a household bubble) and outdoor gatherings restricted to 10 people. 

Retail therapy alone cannot save us: A case for spiritual wellbeing

Thursday 8 October 2020

Joanna Waloszek 
Clearly there is a strong economic argument to be had with opening the retail and hospitality sector. However, one could make a similar argument with the economic benefit of supporting the wellbeing of our citizens. Sacred buildings, rites and rituals can and should also be allowed to operate in a COVID-safe way. Instead, we are so busy fighting death that we have deprived many the ability to observe their faith and inadvertently, the very practices that give their life meaning.