COVID-19 infection spreads by touch and by droplets in the air from coughs, sneezes etc. The Government has issued guidance for places of worship detailing what should be done to reduce the risk of transmission. This can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july
The church council have followed this guidance (and that for workplaces in the case of the pastor) in drawing up a risk assessment and action plan. This can be found here:
The two most important ways to prevent the spread are frequent hand washing and social distancing of 2m where possible. In particular, at all times we must strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines between individuals and households. In addition the law now requires that face coverings be worn in places of worship.
There are some people who must not or are advised not to come to the church building:
- You must not come to the church building if you or anyone in your household or support bubble has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 i.e. a new, continuous cough or a high temperature or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.
- In line with Government guidance, those in the 'shielding' and 'extremely vulnerable' categories are strongly discouraged from attending worship at the church building.
Guidance also states that certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.