COVID-19 safety measures
The safety of everyone, including our congregation, our visitors, the clergy our employed team and our volunteers is our top priority. We have taken steps to abide by Government guidelines and rules, the requirements of the Church of England and the directions of our Bishop, Martin.
At every stage of "lock down" easing we have consulted and prepared the necessary Risk Assessments and acted, we believe, with a very conservative attitude to COVID-19 risks.
Some of the actions that we have taken in the church building are, for example:
If you are planning to attend church
limiting the use of the church to only a few activities. Our normal Sunday Services are not currently taking place
placing sanitising stations at the entrance
keeping doors open to avoid contact with visitors
removing all material that might have been touched by others -leaflets and Bibles etc.
keeping all Vestries out-of-bounds for the time being
reducing the number of available chairs to those we can comfortably accommodate with social distancing
increased daily cleaning routines.
for private prayer, to attend a sceening of one of our pre-recorded Services, a Marriage or Funeral Service, please do use the hand sanitisers in the church porch. The wearing of face coverings is currently entirely a personal choice you may wish to make.
With respect to the Tiger complex
, most groups that normally meet are currently not able to operate, other than Tiger Cubs, which is following OFSTED guidance. We have severely limited "footfall" into the Tiger as we are not allowing visitors for the time being. Those working in the Tiger have taken measures to limit occupancy in any one room to one person, where practical and increased cleaning routines have been introduced especially around shared resources.
Those who are extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 (who are shielding), those who may have symptoms and those self isolating.
Current Government and Church of England guidance is that if you fall into one of the above categories you should participate remotely and not attend church.
for Government advice about what to do if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell)