Staying safe 

Meeting together is an important part of the Christian faith so we are meeting where possible, and following all the national health guidance to keep church as safe as it can be.  Here are the main areas:

  • Keeping apart – sitting in household groups at least 2m apart.
  • Keeping hands clean – washing hands in sinks on arrival.
  • Keeping surfaces clean – between services, putting out clean chairs.
  • Keeping air clean – fewer people, ventilation, no singing, face coverings for those who can.
  • Keeping away- where that is the NHS advice, for example if a recent contact has symptoms.   

Covid layout
Before each event we’ll:

  • Plan more smaller events & services so there's room for everyone at a safe distance. 
  • Clean surfaces, especially those we touch more often (taps, toilets, door handles, equipment). 
  • Mark out a 2m queue for the entrance & one-way system for the corridor.
  • Open doors and windows for ventilation and so we don’t have to touch handles.
  • Remind everyone to stay at home if they have symptoms or recent contact with the virus.

At each event we’ll:

  • Sit with our own household or bubble, with parents supervising children.
  • Listen to songs rather than sing, with words on screen rather than church Bibles.
  • Leave at the end rather than staying to chat. You could invite someone for a walk instead.
  • Use hand sanitiser before & after entering toilets (as well as normal hand washing).
  • Keep a register for 3 weeks to help the NHS trace and contact scheme.
  • Wear face coverings, except when speaking at the front. (Not everyone can and the reasons are not always visible to others).

For more detail, follow the link to our full ‘risk assessment for services & church groups during COVID-19’. This follows and applies Public Health England guidance for churches and out-of-school children & youth work.