Coronavirus News Update

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Coronavirus Guidance for Property - Methodist Church

Update 25 November 2020

The Prime Minister has announced that England will be returning to a Local Restriction Tiers system from 2 December 2020.  Read more about the details for each tier and view or print posters for each tier level.    

Most of the guidelines will be familiar as they will be broadly the same as before the national lockdown was implemented in November.  However, some adjustments will be made to improve on managing the transmission risks.  The key thing to note is that communal worship will be able to restart from 2 December in all Local Restriction Tiers. 

Please note  that wherever a gathering can take place, social distancing of 1m+ should still be strictly maintained between anyone who doesn’t live together or are not in a ‘support bubble.’    

Activity Medium
Tier 1
High
Tier 2
Very High
Tier 3

Communal Prayer 

Open for as many people as can be safely accommodated with social distancing measures 
Communal Worship  Can attend and interact in groups of up to 6 people from different households  Can only interact indoors with your own households but outdoors can interact in groups of up to 6  Can only interact with your own household both indoors and outdoors  
Wedding Ceremonies 

Can take place with up to 15 attendees* 

Wedding Receptions  Can take place with up to 15 attendees*  Can take place with up to 15 attendees* Cannot take place 
Funerals 

Can take place with up to 30 attendees *

Post-death Commemorative Events
 

Can take place with up to 15 attendees *

Other Standalone Life-Cycle Ceremonies (not part of communal worship) Can attend and interact in groups of up to 6 people from different households  Can only interact indoors with your own households, but outdoors can interact in groups of up to 6  Can only interact with your own household both indoors and outdoors 

Supervised Activities for Children (including Sunday school)

Can take place with no limit on the number of children permitted to attend, following COVID-Secure guidance. Adults must ensure social distancing at all times. 

*This number does not include staff or anyone working during the event.    

Please note this is for England only and please check local restrictions for:


Interview with Director of Property Support 

 You can listen to this interview with the Director of Property Support, Stephen Hetherington in which he explains more about his team’s work. 

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 Further information can be found on: 

If you have a specific question, please contact your District Property Secretary or Property Support.  

Click on each tab to find a range of documents - including risk assessments & cleaning guides.

Guide Managing Your Church Building (20 Oct*)
Guide to Using Your Worship Space (20 Oct*)
Guide for Other Property Users (20 Oct*)
Guide for Construction, Repairs and Inspections (20 Oct*)
Covid-19 Funding (10 August*)
Looking After Empty Church Buildings

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Latest advice to churches about coronavirus - United Reformed Church

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Adam NiesciorukGet the latest advice, updates and resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic from the United Reformed Church.

Visit our Coronavirus resources page for a range of practical resources including signs, banners, badges and floor tape to remind people to stay apart and to wash their hands. 

You can also download free Coronavirus resources for churches from this page on our website

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Updated: 17 November 2020
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