As you may be aware the government has announced that churches may look to open for particular circumstances (i.e. private prayer and funerals).
This is providing the transmission rate of the virus continues to remain static or fall, and a risk assessment takes place to determine what measures are necessary to maintain the hygiene and physical distance requirements. This Risk Assessment must be approved by the PCC, who with the Vicar make the decision as to when to re-open the Church Building.
It also necessitates that we are able to carry out the essential checks and risk assessments on the building to ensure that it is safe for people to access. Also that we have the people available to be able to ensure the above checks and risk assessments are complied with.
Whilst the Government are announcing something new almost every day we, as a PCC, will be taking our lead from the Church of England advice and more directly the information for emergence coming from the leadership of our Diocese (The Anglican Diocese of Leeds).
The current situation is that we do not envisage our building being compliant for a while yet, but we will keep you posted and let you know when there are changes.
The safety and well-being of our church family members and the members of our community must come first and we will not open our church until we are confident we can comply with all regulations and make it as safe as we possibly can.
Please continue to pray for our church, our communities and our country at this time.
Rev’d Karen and the members of the PCC.