Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 7:25am

National rules apply  (even to those fully vaccinated)

  • Wear face coverings in shops and on public transport; it is also strongly advised we wear them in all crowded and indoor placings where possible
  • If we have cold or flu like symptoms we are to self isolate for at least 5 full days; different rules on testing apply to those vaccinated and those who remain unvaccinated. See the Government's website for full details. 
  • PCR tests are now obligatory for all travellers and there are rules on self isolation and quarantine hotels (see the Government website)
  • If we are contacted by Test and Trace or the NHS App as a close contact of a confirmed Omicron case we must self isolate and take the appropriate tests. The non vaccinated must stay home for 10 days.
  • We must work from home if we can and limit the amount of our social mixing : prefer outdoor to indoor settings wherever possible.

Rules set by St Michael's Parish Church Council

The rules at St Michael's for services and worship have remained as consistent as possible and our PCC have regularly assessed the situation - we are on our third Risk Assessment Plan and our measures were last reviewed in light of the Omicron variant on 12th January 2022.

  • We offer online links to all our Sunday and major services/events so that everyone can always participate in maximum safety
  • We do have some regular worshippers attending onsite but this is only possible because of the extra provisions and compliance necessary to keep each other as safe as possible: personal health check before leaving home and staying away if we have any cold or flu like symptoms until we obtain a negative test:  lateral flow tests have been acceptable but the change in Government isolation rules (see above) alters this now.
  • Other measures: one way system of flow through the building; hand sanitiser at the door; face coverings; registration on arrival; full ventilation of the building; socially distanced seating; digital download of services and no hymn books given out; length of services is minimised; singing is restricted;  Peace is exchanged using sign language and Communion is via intinction of wafers (no 'common' cup).
  • Limitations have been placed on how many people, how many occasions and how close together events take place to avoid building up germs in the building and putting others at risk. Toilets and kitchen are for emergency use only. Access to the Vicar's vestry remains restricted too.

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