Following the zoom meeting of the Walmsley Parish Parochial Church Council on Thursday 22 July to discuss how to manage the lifting of restrictions, we have drawn up a list with reference to the responses received from the survey. It will be too slow for some, and we know that there are families and individuals who are not coming even with the current safety in place. This is a gradual release which is designed to keep the church feeling safe enough for the anxious and wary to come.
We will continue to monitor the situation and review these restrictions at the end of August.
Here are the decisions agreed by the members of the PCC:
Sanitiser: still required on entry.
Face-coverings: Still required because we are looking to ensure that we are keeping everyone safe.
Taking of names of those present: Still required to be done to help trace if/when needed
Distancing: Still required - 2m or every other pew
Congregational singing: Now permitted but with face-coverings to minimise spread of any virus. [Choir should not (yet) mingle and robe in choir vestry, and should be seated with suitable distance.]
Communion Wine: Communion still in one form only.
Small groups: Still no groups for now, but look to start in September all being well
Tea and coffee after the service: Not for now, but look to start in September all being well
Cleaning of Church buildings: Still required if event within 72 hours
Baptisms, Weddings & funerals: Names preferred for track & trace. Masks to be worn entering & leaving church, but can be removed when seated.
Numbers allowed to attend: Maximum of 50 for baptisms (as pre-pandemic limit).
Weddings and funerals: however many can be safely accommodated.
We also discussed whether it would be a good idea to take people’s temperature before entering church, especially as and when we take the decision to dispense with masks. What are your views on this ...?