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Concerns over Hillsong crowd in Sydney

Video footage appears to show a large crowd at Hillsong Church’s Christmas light display in Sydney’s northwest. The video, aired on Channel 7 on Boxing Day, shows people at the church’s Sydney Hills campus at Bellavista.A witness filmed the throng of people at the Christmas Light display, concerned about the apparent lack of social distancing…

Video footage appears to show a large crowd at Hillsong Church’s Christmas light display in Sydney’s northwest.

The video, aired on Channel 7 on Boxing Day, shows people at the church’s Sydney Hills campus at Bellavista.

A witness filmed the throng of people at the Christmas Light display, concerned about the apparent lack of social distancing at the gathering.

The display is not a ticketed or scheduled event but rather was open throughout December for the public to visit at times of their own choosing.

The Hillsong website advertises the display as a “drive through” attraction.

“Our Sydney (Hills) and Brisbane (Central) campuses will be decked out in twinkling Christmas lights throughout the month of December,” it says.

“Take a drive with your family, friends and neighbours, and soak up some Christmas cheer!”

Sydney Christmas services were held online this year with celebrity pastor Brian Houston.

COVID restrictions in greater Sydney limit outdoor gatherings to 100 people.

Places of worship are allowed 300 people in a distinct area as long as there is only one person per four metres squared.

Hillsong was contacted for comment.

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