National rules are no more:
There are now only advisory guidelines from the UK Government. We are asked to stay home if we develop flu or cold like symptoms and we are no longer being pinged by Test and Trace if we are a close contact of someone who has Covid. Test kits are no longer readily available and regular Lateral Flow Tests are not being used by many of us. Some of us have retained the courtesy practice of wearing face coverings in shops and crowded indoor spaces.
Rules set by St Michael's Parish Church Council
The rules at St Michael's are being eased gradually in recognition that some of us remain vulnerable to Covid-19 and our local infection rates have remained stubbornly high for the past 6 months. We have now lifted restrictions on numbers attending worship onsite. Some restrictions remain in place as follows:
- We continue to offer online links to all our Sunday and major services/events so that anyone can always participate in maximum safety from home
- 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.
- Other measures: one way system of flow through the building; hand sanitiser at the door; face coverings; full ventilation of the building; digital download of services in advance limits the need to hand out sheets or books; length of services is minimised; Greeting of Peace is done using sign language; Communion is via intinction of wafers by the priest (i.e. no 'common' cup).
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