IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE SHARE!
The return of public services in our churches.
The Government has announced that from 4th July 2020, communal acts of worship are allowed once again in our Catholic Churches.
Please note this will not be a return to the ‘normal’ practices which we enjoyed in church before Covid 19. We will all have to follow these key points of guidance:
Numbers and Social Distancing.
a. The guidance is clear that 30 people is the maximum for Funerals Services, Weddings, and Baptisms being ceremonies outside the normal pattern of parish worship. For Mass the number allowed will be calculated according to the size of the Church building.
b. The guidance is clear that a calculation of numbers to be admitted to a church needs to be made carefully with a number of factors in mind, especially social distancing and space needed at entrances and exits.
c. Social distancing in Church means 2 metres. The guidance clearly recommends using “1 metre with risk mitigations” only “where 2 metres is not viable.”
The Guidance stresses that singing is to be ‘specifically avoided.’
Distribution of Holy Communion.
The Guidance has quite specific statements about this. The guidance is explicit that Communion is to be given hand to hand only and that social distancing is to be maintained with people moving in the line for Holy Communion.
Duration of Services
The Guidance is clear in its use of phrases such as ‘the shortest possible time’ and ‘minimising time spent in contact’ as important factors is reducing risk.
Test and Trace
The Guidance seeks cooperation in the ‘Test and Trace’ system by our keeping a record of those attending a church at any one time. The Guidance mentions pre-booking systems as a way of regulating those who come to church. The names of those attending public worship and a contact number, will be placed in a bag/box on entry and then retained securely for 21 days.
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