Meeting together during the pandemic – Latest Guidance

As of the 10th December 2021, the Government rules for Places of Worship in England have changed. When attending a Place of Worship you are required to wear a face covering on entering church and must keep it on until you leave unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse for removing it. The Government says that a reasonable excuse for removing it is when it is reasonably necessary for you to sing. But you should nonetheless consider keeping the face covering on when singing. Further, you may take it off to have a cup of tea or coffee in the church hall. Social distancing in a place of worship is now a personal choice. People are encouraged to respect other attendees and those who may wish to adopt a more cautious approach.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else.

In our Sunday services, we will arrange the seating so that those who wish to continue to socially distance may do so. 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. There are exemptions for those leading a service or giving a reading.

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

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.