The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has altered its restrictions on worship gatherings after a prominent church leader criticised them for being contradictory and discriminative.
Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston tweeted his outrage at the state’s guidance, which allowed for 300 people to attend weddings but only 100 to attend a church service.
“So interesting that the NSW govt are about to allow 300 people to attend an indoor wedding, and things are being relaxed for the hospitality industry, but still no changes for churches,” he wrote. “We have a building with space for 4000 people yet can only have 100 in there. Reason given is “church ppl know each other (are to friendly).”
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“Do you think people are not friendly at weddings?” he asked. “It’s getting to the point where it’s discrimination.”
On Wednesday, NSW treasurer Dom Perrottett announced that, from Friday, churches & places of worship, excluding weddings and funerals, “can have up to 300 people, subject to a COVID-19 safety plan”. He also detailed an easing of restrictions on public gyms.
“This is a great announcement for the body and the soul, so whatever you worship, there’s something for you in this one,” he said.