Attending Services in Church
We are delighted to be able to hold services again. These are at 10.00 am on Sundays staring on 12th July. In order to do this, we have conducted a risk assessment and have to impose the following procedures/requirements to ensure the service is as COVID-secure as we can make it.
1. Booking procedure
Bookings can be made by phone (01564 779123) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We need to know the names of the people you are booking for and whether you are part of the same household/support bubble (and so can sit together in church). As space is limited because of social distancing requirements, please do not assume you can attend simply because you have made a request. We will reply to your email or call you back to let you know (so please leave a number on which you can be contacted if you leave us a message on the answerphone).
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If we have already reached capacity when you contact us, we will place you on the list of people to be offered a place for the following week (maybe even the week after that depending on numbers).
If you have been allocated a ticket but are unable to attend for any reason please let us know so it can be allocated to someone else.
2. On the day of the service
When you arrive you will be checked off the list of people who have been allocated places and will be told where your seats are. We have to allocate specific seats to ensure that social distancing is maintained.
As this will take some time, please try to arrive up to 15 minutes before the service starts. You may have to queue to get in. There will be tape on the floor indicating where you should stand so that social distancing is maintained.
You will be required to sanitise your hands on the way in to (and when leaving) church.
You must wear a face covering while in church, for the protection of others. If you do not have one with you we will provide a disposable one.
3. In church
Please maintain social distancing while in church, keeping 2 metres from anyone not in your household/support bubble.
Pew cushions and kneelers have been removed from the pews, as it is not possible to clean these effectively between users.
To ensure social distancing is maintained when leaving, sidesmen will supervise the exit procedure, asking one row at a time to leave, with both the priest’s door and main doors being used.
4. Government advice on who should attend
- Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell) should not attend.
- Individuals who are self-isolating due to a possible/confirmed case of COVID-19 in their household or because they have been requested to do so by NHS Test & Trace should not attend.
- Those who are shielding are advised not to attend.
- Those aged 70 or over, regardless of medical condition, are at increased risk of severe disease from COCID-19 are currently advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimize contact with others outside of their household. They should consider carefully whether they should attend.
5. Opening church for private prayer
During August church will be open for private prayer on Fridays from 11am – 1pm.