Church of England Diocese of Liverpool Wigan Central

RETURNING TO CHURCH DURING COVID-19

16 Jul 2020, 7:30 p.m.

As the govt have advised we are still to:-

• stay at home as much as possible

• work from home if you can

• limit contact with other people

• keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)

• wash your hands regularly

This means we would ask that you ‘Please do not come to church if you or anyone in

your household has any of the following symptoms.

A) A high temperature

B) A new, continuous cough

C) A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

D) OR If you have come into contact with anyone with symptons of Covid 19

There will be restrictions on numbers to attend as social distancing of 2 metres has

to be in place around everyone and so there will be clear identification of points of

entry, the flow around the church, physical distancing in seats, the provision of hand

sanitisers and handwashing facilities around the building. We know that this will not

be an easy time but we would ask for your patience as we manage this together.

To attend the service you will be asked to telephone a church contact to confirm your

attendance and to provide a contact number in order that a track and trace system is

put in place should COVID19 symptoms develop and you have to self isolate for any

reason. These tracking details will be kept for 21 days and then destroyed.

As you arrive at church you may be asked to wait to enter should a few people arrive

at once and there will be markers with regard to this at the church door. There will be

clear markings or people to show you where to go as you go into church showing the

flow around the building.

You will understand that we are unable to gather inside church before the service

and coffee/tea cannot be served afterwards. At the end of the service you will be

asked to leave in a certain order.

One of the questions being asked is about the wearing of masks. This is not a

compulsory requirement to attending the service ( at the moment). The wearing of

masks is a personal choice and it is entirely an individual decision and will be

respected whatever you personally decide is good for you.

To attend a service you are asked to telephone the church contact to confirm your

attendance. - see Contacts In News [separately]

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Please be aware that it will ‘feel’ very strange when we do go into our churches as</span>

we will need to remain physically distanced, there will be specific ways in and out of

the building, there will be no singing, and no refreshments after the service. There

will also be no physical offertory but there will be a receptacle as you go into the

body of the church for this.

One more thing to mention is that the ZOOM service held each Sunday morning at

11,00am will continue and that if you would like to join in you will need to send an e-mail to Dot to request an invite. Dot’s e-mail address is [email protected]

She will then send you an e-mail message with a link on Sunday morning which you will need to click onto and then follow the link to join the service.

Obviously this is quite a detailed plan but we wanted everyone to have as much

information as possible to consider all options.