Coronavirus News Update

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Latest advice to churches about coronavirus

 

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resized image Promo 2020 12 02T104358.173Get 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

Latest Coronavirus updates

 

 

Updated: 4 December 2020
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Coronavirus Guidance for Property

Update 1 December 2020

The government has published Guidance for the Christmas Period in England, which includes a section on Carol Singing.  Carol singing is allowed indoors & outdoors by professional and amateur choirs.  Additionally, the congregation can join in singing outdoors if the precautions listed in the Performing Arts guidance and the Principles for Safer Singing are followed.  This includes maintaining 2m distance between groups and ensuring that attendees can arrive & depart safely from the venue.  

As well, we have published Guidance for Christmas Celebrations to assist with planning and preparations for the Christmas season.  

Lastly, the government has posted more details for Tier 1 (Medium)Tier 2 (High) and Tier 3 (Very High).  Other government updates include the Safe Use of Places of Worship and the Safe Use of Multi-Purpose Facilities, which gives guidance on different groups using the site.  

Please note this is for England only and please check the websites for ScotlandWalesIsle of Man and the Channel Islands (Guernsey & Jersey).  

 

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 2m 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 people 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 people 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. 
** Household or support bubbles   

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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