A religious summer camp in the Hunter has been ordered to 'immediately singing and dancing.'
Hillsong Church has copped backlash for videos uploaded on social media showing a congregation of youths singing and dancing at Glenrock State Conversation Park in Newcastle despite the recently amended Public Health Orders.
Attendees of the youth group were captured reveling in the music festivities without masks, social distancing or what appeared like COVID-safe protocols.
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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the Public Health Order states singing and dancing is prohibited at music festivals, hospitality venues, nightclubs, entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities.
“While the Order does not apply to religious services, it does apply to major recreation facilities and this event is clearly in breach of both the spirit and intent of the Order, which is in place to help keep the community safe,” Mr Hazzard said.
NSW Health defined a major recreational facility is defined in the Order as to mean a building or place used for large-scale sporting or recreation activities that are attended by large numbers of people.
The outcry against Hillsong's 'summer camp' follows as various music festivals in the Hunter Valley have been forced to cancel under these new Orders.
It included Grapevine Gatherings NSW at Roche Estate set for this weekend, Hope Rocks at Hope Estate next month and Sir Rod Stewart's 'The Hits Tour.'
Grapevine Gatherings was anticipated to draw crowds of 16,000 people and provide over 1,500 jobs to local contractors and workers in the region.
In a statement released by Grapevine organizers, they declared a projection of $5.2 million dollars in loss of profits for the Hunter Valley economy.
NSW police issued a statement saying it would liaise with organisers of Hillsong to ensure future compliance with the public health orders after NSW Health deemed the location to be a major recreational facility.
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