NSW Police issued a statement that said ‘no offenses will be issued’ to the organizers of the event.
‘NSW Police attended an event in the Newcastle area and spoke to organisers,’ said Acting Assistant Commissioner Peter Glynn.
“Following discussions with the organizers and after consultation with NSW Health, no infractions will be issued.
“Event organizers are aware of their obligations under public health orders, and NSW Police will continue to ensure continued compliance.”
Witnesses said the church camp was like a music festival, with tents set up with live music and DJs playing with “lots of people”.
Hillsong denied any claims that the camp was a music festival.
“These events are our annual high school youth camps and are nothing like a music festival,” a Hillsong spokesperson said in a statement.
“Our camps mainly involve outdoor recreational activities, including sports and games.
“We are following strict COVID procedures and adhering to government guidelines.
“Outdoor Christian services are held during camp, but these are only a small part of the program, 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 contrary to the spirit and intent of the order, which is in place to help keep the community safe”.
Today Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said he was “completely shocked”.
“I echo the frustration and anger felt by others across the state,” he said.
Under NSW public health orders, singing and dancing is banned at music festivals, hospitality venues, nightclubs, entertainment facilities and major leisure facilities to curb the spread of the variant Omicron.
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