COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship

MAIN POINTS WHEN COMING TO SERVICES IN THE UCKG

(In accordance with the UK COVID-19, guidance for the safe use of places of worship)

RESTRICTIONS ON CAPACITY

• Limits for communal worship should be decided locally on the basis of the capacity of the place of worship following a risk assessment. The number of people permitted to enter the place of worship at any one time should be limited, so that a safe distance of at least 2 metres, or 1 metre with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable) between households.

The safe number of people should be decided by the venue manager.

• From 4 July, gatherings of more than 30 people will be permitted but only in certain public places as set out in law. This will include places of worship.

THE USE OF SHARED ITEMS

Reusable and communal resources such as prayer mats, service sheets, religious texts or devotional material should be removed from use. Single use alternatives should be provided as long as they are removed and disposed of by the worshipper.

SINGING, CHANTING AND THE USE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

People should avoid singing, shouting, raising voices and/or playing music at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult or that may encourage shouting. This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission from aerosol and droplets.

When singing is required, there will only be one person doing so.

• Where there is a keyboard player, he will be the only one singing.

INDIVIDUALS AGED 70 YEARS AND OVER ATTENDING THE PLACE OF WORSHIP

• 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.

• Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.

•Venue managers advertising set days or times when places of worship are open solely for those particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, such as those over 70 or clinically vulnerable.

•Those clinically vulnerable or over 70 can come to the church at these following days and times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 9am or 5pm to 6pm

• Online Services will continue being broadcasted for those who are part of this group, via Univervideo.com or Libertyradio.co.uk