Attending Services in Church
In order to be able to hold services in church, we have conducted a risk assessment and have to impose the following procedures/requirements to ensure the services are as COVID-secure as we can make them.
1. Booking procedure
You need to book a place in advance for the Sunday service at 10am. Bookings can be made by phone (01564 779123) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Bookings need to be made before noon on the Friday before the service.
- 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).
- 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 place but are unable to attend for any reason please let us know so it can be allocated to someone else.
There is no need to book for the Wednesday 11:30 service.
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 or smell) must 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 must not attend.