THE OPENING OF CHURCH BUILDINGS TO THE PUBLIC FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
As expected, from 19th July 2021 the Government is removing all legally enforceable social contact restrictions. However, the Government will continue to urge people to get vaccinated as well as encouraging people to get tested if they have symptoms. It remains a legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they test positive or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. The Government also strongly recommends taking the following advice:
|1||Meeting in well-ventilated areas where possible, such as outdoors or indoors with windows open;|
|2||Wearing a face covering where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces;|
|3||Washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day;|
|4||Covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze;|
|5||Staying at home if unwell, to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community;|
|6||Considering individual risks, such as clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status.
For us, this means that the various church buildings only having attendance restricted by their individual capacities. Collectively we should be taking a responsibility for everyone’s wellbeing and respecting other’s needs, by:
|1||Being vaccinated wherever possible;|
|2||Test and trace recording continuing for the time being, by either using the NHS App when entering the building or giving your name to the Sides-person on entry.|
|3||Face coverings still being worn whilst inside the building;|
|4||Using hand sanitiser upon entry and exit;|
|5||Avoiding physical contact with people or, at least, giving serious consideration to other’s needs and wishes.|
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Please click the link for the Church of England’s update on the Corona Virus