COVID-19 Information

St Paul’s Cathedral is committed to being place of prayer and welcome for all people. We are continuing to monitor and follow government and diocesan guidelines to ensure the safety of all.

The Victorian public health settings changed from 11:59pm on Friday 22 April 2022. Proof of vaccination and QR code is no longer required for refreshments or meals in the Cathedral or Education & Ministry Centre, including before or after services, weddings and funerals, and other congregational groups.

Face masks are no longer be required indoors however, they remain highly recommended. QR code check-in is no longer required for church services, weddings, funerals or any social groups.

There is no requirement for proof of vaccination for attending the Cathedral for services or general visiting. If you are attending the Cathedral for a concert or other non-worship event (eg. a concert), proof of vaccination may still be required as a condition of entry by the Event Organist. If you’re unsure please speak directly with the event organiser.

Services will continue to be streamed online via our Online Worship page and on our Facebook page and Youtube Channel.

COVID-19 Conditions of Entry

From 11:59pm on Friday 22 April 2022

  • Face masks are no longer required to be worn inside, although they remain highly recommended in all indoor settings.
  • QR code check-in is no longer required for church services, weddings, funerals or any religious activity groups, including when refreshments are served.
  • Maintain social distance and be respectful of other people’s space. Make use of hand sanitizer during services as directed.
  • Understand that areas may be partially closed off to implement safety protocols 
  • Please be considerate and treat our staff with respect

For the safety of others, please stay at home if any of the following apply:

  • You have tested positive to COVID-19
  • You are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath)
  • You (or one of your close contacts) are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19  
  • You have visited an exposure site and are under directions to self-isolate

Attending the Cathedral for concerts & events other than services

Although the requirement to provide proof of vaccination is no longer any venue, it may still be a condition of entry for certain concerts and ticketed events. This is a decision taken by each event organiser and you are advised to contact them directly should you have any questions. Proof of vaccination is not required to attend any worship services in the Cathedral.

If proof of vaccination is required to attended a ticketed event, acceptable proof of vaccination status includes: 

  • COVID-19 Digital Certificate uploaded to the Services Victoria app 
  • COVID-19 Digital Certificate uploaded to phone wallet/saved to smartphone 
  • Printed Australian Immunisation Register certificate together with photo ID 
  • Printed COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate together with photo ID 
  • Medical exemption with valid, original letter signed and issued by a specified medical practitioner class ID together with photo ID

Please note the following will not be accepted as proof of vaccination status: 

  • Vaccine appointment card 
  • Valid vaccination documentation without proof of ID 
  • Negative COVID-19 test result 

How to setup your proof of vaccination

For a smooth check-in progress, you can download the Service Victoria app and attach your proof of vaccination prior to your visit. For further information on the best way to get proof of your COVID vaccination for your situation, visit the following links:

Thank you for helping to ensure that we experience the return to worship according to the rules, so that all may be confident that the Cathedral is a safe place to be. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Cathedral Staff.

Updated 28 Apr 2022

Change Log

November 18 2021

  • From the 19 November 2021, all persons aged 12+ are required to present proof of vacination of entry to the Cathedral (except for the Sunday 1pm Bi-lingual Service)

November 23 2021

  • From 23 November 2021, face marks are no longer mandatory indoors, however we strongly encourage the wearing of masks during services espeically when singing. Facemarks are still required for our Sunday 1pm Bi-lingual Eucharist.
  • From November 23 2021, the 1pm ‘Open’ Service is now capped at 50 people. Masks are mandatory for this service. Bookings are no longer needed.

December 16 2021

  • Proof of double vacination is no longer required on entry to the Cathedral worship services or visiting. Proof of double vacination is still required when attending the Cathedral for a concert or other non-church event.
  • There is no longer a cap on the 1pm Bilingual Service.

December 23 2021

  • From 11.59pm on 23 December 2021, Face masks must be worn inside the Cathedral at all times exempt where a medical exemption applies.

February 24 2022

From 11.59pm on 25 February 2022:

  • QR code check-in is not required for church services, weddings, funerals, religious activity groups, and Op Shops. The principle is that whenever vaccination status is not needed, QR code check-in is not required. Therefore, QR code check-in is required for refreshments or meals in church premises including before or after church services, weddings and funerals. QR code check-in remains a requirement for non-religious activity groups using church facilities, including any church social groups.
  • Masks are not required indoors for services, groups, events, meetings or for work in the Cathedral office. Masks must be worn by those serving food and drink and staff in customer facing positions.
  • Proof of double vaccination status remains required for all visitors (over 12) when attending the Cathedral for a concert or event other than for a worship service.

April 22 2022

  • The requirement to present proof of vaccination for any meals or refreshments in the Cathedral has now been removed.