UPDATE ON COVID-19

From the 19th July 2021, the Government rules for Places of Worship in England have changed. The removal of legal restrictions means that it is no longer required to wear a face-covering in church, nor to socially distance, and that there are no restrictions on congregational singing.

It is also recommended that churches make provision for those who are 'clinically extremely vulnerable' as they are advised to continue to avoid close contact and maintain social distance.

In our Sunday services, we will arrange the seating so that those who wish to continue to socially distance may do so, and if they choose, may continue to wear a face covering. Increased ventilation will help mitigate the risk of Covid spreading. Some may wish to sing behind a face covering. We do provide hand sanitiser and would encourage its use.

We will continue to display a NHS QR code on our front door should people wish to use the NHS Track and Trace app.

The government guidance also makes clear that churches can serve food and drink without the need for people to be seated, and we are looking soon to re-introduce refreshments after the services.

We would urge people to be understanding and gracious towards one another where they have different opinions about what measures ought to continue to be in place and to seek to avoid division and disunity. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, should not attend. They should self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test.

If someone has been instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate because they have tested positive for COVID-19, or they are the close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate and not attend. Please refer to guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection