NSW Police issued a statement that “no offense will be issued” to the event organizers.
“NSW Police attended an event in the Newcastle area and spoke to the organizers,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Peter Glynn said.
“Following discussions with the organizers and after consultation with NSW Health, no violation will be issued.
“Event planners are aware of their obligations under public health orders, and NSW Police will continue to ensure ongoing compliance.”
Witnesses said the church camp looked like a music festival, with tents set up with live music and DJs playing with “a lot of people.”
Hillsong denied any claims that the camp was a music festival.
“These events are our annual high school youth camps and in no way resemble a music festival,” a Hillsong spokesperson said in a statement.
“Our camps primarily involve outdoor recreational activities, including sports and games.
“We follow strict COVID procedures and adhere to government guidelines.
“Outdoor Christian services are held during camp, but these are only a small part of the schedule, and any singing is only a small part of each service.”
The community and state politicians are outraged by the event.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the Hillsong event was “clearly in violation of both the spirit and the intent of the order, which is in place to help keep people safe. the community”.
Today, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said he was “completely shocked”.
“I echo the frustration and anger felt by other people across the state,” he said.
Singing and dancing at music festivals, hospitality venues, nightclubs, entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities are prohibited under New South Wales public health ordinances to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.
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