Church of England Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham Blidworth

Step 4 roadmap arrangements for our church buildings

23 Jul 2021, midnight
From Monday 19th July 2021, as you know the majority of restrictions were lifted with the Government urging caution and encouraging people to remain vigilant in light of increasing levels of Covid infection nationally. We recognize that whilst some welcome the lifting of restrictions, others remain anxious. We have a duty of care to all people especially the most vulnerable. We would like to update you about what the arrangements will be in our churches as we continue to play our part responsibly in reducing the spread of Covid 19:

Facemasks - facemasks protect others not just yourself and are part of what it means to love your neighbour in these challenging times. We expect all people to continue to wear a facemask in our church buildings unless they have a valid exemption (please show your lanyard to the steward/churchwarden on entry).                                                                                                                                                          Social distancing - 1.5 metres with seating for family bubbles available every other pew row in the main body of the church. family groupings and individuals will still be seated by a steward/churchwarden.                                                                                                           Hand sanitiser - this will still be available on entry, on the pews and on exit. We encourage you to use this please.                                 Singing - from the beginning of August, singing will only be possible whilst wearing a facemask.                                                                     Holy Communion - still in one kind only.                                                                                                                                                       Refreshments after services - still be reviewed at a later date.                                                                                                                                   The above arrangements in our church buildings cover all services including WEDDINGS, FUNERALS AND CHRISTENINGS.                      There is no need to book in for Sunday services now.                                                                                                                                                       If you are feeling unwell, please don't come to the services in the interest of everyone - I know it seems obvious, but sometimes it needs saying too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We will of course be monitoring what is happening in terms of Covid infection rates as we continue to journey through the pandemic and will keep you informed of any changes. We hope this will enable everyone including the most vulnerable to feel comfortable, secure and safe in our church buildings