General Guidelines for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne


Last updated Wednesday 1 July, 5pm

The following Guidelines are approved by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, to assist Clergy and Faithful with questions pertaining to specific areas of liturgy and ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In relation to the latest directives announced by Government (Tuesday 30 June 2020), there are now two separate areas of information:

  • New directives for Suburbs (at this stage 30 suburbs) designated as ‘hotspot’ Postcode areas across Greater Melbourne, and
  • Directives for areas OUTSIDE the ‘hotspot’ Postcode areas. Essentially, there will be no further changes across these ‘outside’ Parishes for places of worship, with numbers remaining the same as outlined in Archdiocesan Guidelines #7 and #9 until 12 July 2020 (or as otherwise directed).



For more information please visit the DHHS website


Caring for our community
Posters/banners for parishes to display locally 

It is strongly advised that parishes have the updated COVID-19 guidelines readily available in the Church gathering space. The following templates which outline safety precautions and health advice are also available to download and display. The pull-up banner contains a space for parishes to indicate how many people are allowed in the space at a given time.  


Further external resources including information about the Federal Government’s COVID app can be found here.



Please contact the COVID Hotline:

Phone: (03) 9926 2469

A Prayer to St Joseph, the Great Protector

St Joseph,

You were receptive to God working in your life.
Help us by your prayers at this time of trial.

You kept Jesus and Mary under your watchful care:
may your prayers assist our local Church to respond to those in need.

You taught the Christ Child your trade and prayers:
help us to follow his example of love.

You were part of God’s plan for all humanity:
assist us to be vigilant and responsible this day.

You spent your life in service:
may we be mindful of others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, caring for them in these difficult days.

You trusted in the clear primacy of God over all history and every situation: help us to grow in faith and pray to the Father, Thy will be done.