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Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches

Last updated: Friday 25th September at 14:00

If you come into church please remember: "Hands. Face. Space."

Please hand sanitise on entry and exit. Wear a face covering. And maintain 2m social distancing from others not in your household or social bubble. Please do not come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms.

NHS Track & Trace:

You will have heard of the launch of the NHS "Track and Trace" app. If you have a smartphone, please consider downloading and using this app. It is not a solution to our problems, but another tool to help fight the virus along with "Hands. Face. Space"..... hand sanitising; wearing a face covering; and maintaining 2m social distancing.Each of our three churches has been registered, and a QR code/poster is displayed in the entrances. If you use your app and the QR code when you enter church we do not need to keep a paper record of your name and contact details. You can download the app from the "Apple App Store" or "Google Play".

 

The alternating benefice pattern (8am in one parish church; 10am in the other parish church) continues. The "Covid-19 restrictions" are as follows:

- Do not come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms
- Everyone must hand sanitise on entry and exit
- Everyone must 2m social distance at all times. "Households" or "social bubbles" can sit together.
- Use alternate pews (Marked with "green tick" and "red cross")
- A register of names of people attending is being kept for 21 days for the Governent Track & Trace scheme. (If requested, we have to provide the names and a contact telephone number of everyone who attended a service at St. George's.)
- If someone is in the "70+" or another "vulnerable, at risk" group, they are advised not to come to church. But it is your choice; you will be very welcome if you do come. (But as part of the Government guidelines we have to advise of the increased risk in an indoor public gathering.)
- Organ music and the choir singing at the 10 o'clock service, but no congregational singing as yet I'm afraid
- Communion distribution (wafer only) standing at the chancel step; plus one-way system to return. (Only the priest to receive the wine.)
- Service Booklet to basket when leave. These will be quarantined for at least 48hrs.
- No refreshments or fellowship time after the service, in church nor in the churchyard. Please leave the church promptly after a service.
- Exit: St. George's - north and west doors
- Numbers will also be limited. (We estimate that St. George's can seat 60 people in "households" at the 2m social distance.)
- A video recording will be made of the live 10 o'clock service; this will be available on YouTube the following day.
- The church bells will be rung for 15 minutes before the 10 o'clock service.
 
The Risk Assessment is available on the website, should you wish to read the detail. This will be reviewed and amended as new Guidelines are released. Full risk assessment here.

St. George’s Church will be open for private prayer  Details about how this will be managed are here.

 

Revd David

 

T: 01580 240658

E: revdavidcommander@gmail.com


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