*This page was edited on the 6th of June with updated documents, please check to make sure that you have the most up to date guidance to hand
Further to the update we did last week on the House of Bishops Recovery Group I am pleased to be able to share with you some more detailed resources to help plan for Government restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic being eased. Please note that we have yet to receive the definitive Government guidance so this may still change.
As you’ll remember we have been working on a suite of resources. Along with the two advice papers shared on Friday (on access for contractors and building work), this first set of advice papers relate to the current restrictions affecting buildings, and can be put into use now. These include;
- Access during the lockdown
- Updated advice for clergy on access
- Keeping buildings clean
- A parish risk assessment template
- NEW – Reentering church buildings
- NEW – Prayers of Lament, Thanksgiving, and Restoration
- NEW – Remembering and Memorials
In addition, however, I’m sharing with you some papers setting out advice on how activities not yet permitted might be carried out safely when the time comes. I want to emphasise that these papers are very much intended to help with forward planning and not as definitive guides. We obviously do not yet know the exact timing and sequencing by which Government restrictions may be eased and there could still be significant changes to advice, but these are intended to help churches plan based on the best information we have. They include advice on:
- Conducting weddings
- Conducting funerals
- Individual private prayer by the public
- Pastoral visits.
- NEW – Conducting Baptisms
During the course of next week, Parish Buying will begin to make available cleaning, handwash and other supplies in preparation for the gradual re-opening of places of worship , and will be sharing information about this in their monthly newsletter.
If you have any questions about these measures, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With every blessing,