The following guidance has been sent out to the wider email distribution of attendees at church. It addresses the changes to statutory guidance brought in with the recent removal of Plan B restrictions
As you may be aware all restrictions around Covid 19 and wearing masks etc have been removed and everything becomes “a matter of personal choice.”
Masks – Although there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face-covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
Social distancing – Social distancing in a place of worship is now a personal choice. People are encouraged to respect other attendees and those working who may wish to adopt a more cautious approach.
Ventilation – please make sure there is an adequate supply of fresh air in the room you are using. This can be natural ventilation through opening windows, doors and vents, and through using fans. We have CO2 monitors in the main hall and will place others around the church. CO2 monitors help us to know whether we have enough ventilation.
As a church we are no longer required by law to keep a record of those visiting the building.
However, we are encouraged to continue to display the NHS QR code for those wishing to check in using the app, as this will help to reduce the spread of the virus and protect visitors and staff.
Therefore, our QR code is displayed in a few places around the building for those who should wish to use it. We will also continue to make available the sign-in sheet for all those wishing to check-in but do not have access to a smartphone or prefer not to use the app.
Several simple and effective personal hygiene behaviours can also continue to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. These include:
· washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
· avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and washing your hands before and after if you do need to touch your face (for example to put on or take off your face covering)
· covering your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze, or sneezing into the crook of your elbow (not your hands) if you do not have a tissue.”