Although there is no legal requirement to continue with precautions, St Philip's PCC has decided that most of the safety precautions we have been following will remain in place. We want as many people as possible to feel safe attending our services, particularly in view of the rising infection rate. There are also members of the clergy, lay ministers, and congregation members who are in at-risk categories, and retaining these measures is for the protection of all.
Please do not come to a service if you:
+ Believe you may have been infected with COVID-19 and/or you have symptoms that may indicate you have COVID-19
+ You have had a positive result from a home rapid lateral flow test and/or you are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 PCR test
+ You have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
During our services, we will be continuing with the following precautions:
+ Social distancing
+ Wearing face masks at all times (leaders of services, readers, and intercessors may remove their mask to carry out these parts of the service)
+ Hand sanitiser will be available
+ Non-contact sharing of the peace
+ Communion in one kind (i.e. the bread only), administered at your seat
+ No post-service refreshments
+ The maximum number of people able to attend the service will be limited to approx. 40 (depending on the size of bubbles)
+ Singing will be allowed, but you must keep your mask on
We will continue to offer a range of online and telephone support and live streams of Sunday services from the benefice.