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St Mary's
Overton

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Step 4 - Lockdown Roadmap

How will this affect what we do in church?

  • Please do not attend church if you feel unwell.
  • We will still have hand sanitizer available for use – good hand hygiene is a good idea regardless.
  • We will still make sure the building is cleaned regularly, particularly frequently touched surfaces.
  • We will continue to collect names and contact details for test and trace purposes until at least 16th August, when under 18s and those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to isolate if they are found to be a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
  • Masks are no longer mandatory.
    However, government ‘expects and recommends’ their use in crowded and enclosed settings to protect others (primarily) and ourselves. Our building is airy and naturally well ventilated, but you may want to consider wearing a mask when moving round the building (for example, where queues develop on entering and leaving the building). For every person who is delighted at the prospect of no longer wearing a mask there may be another for whom it is a source of huge anxiety. We should be mindful of the feelings of others and consider additional measures we can take to reduce transmission of the virus, such as making space.
  • We will open up most of the pews for use and say goodbye to the red and white tape.
    Initially, at least, we will keep the ‘pews not in use’ in the North aisle, for the use of those who would still prefer a bit more distancing to feel safe. We will also have cards available, for use anywhere in the church, for people to put in the space next to them if they would feel safer with the seat next to them being vacant.
  • We will be able to sing again as a congregation
    Guidance is that we still consider the risk of Covid 19 transmission by aerosols, so initially at least, we may reduce risk by singing fewer songs indoors. Some people may feel happier wearing their mask to sing. While the weather holds out, we will also continue having our last song outside.
  • Communion will continue to be in one kind only and administered in the pew as we have become accustomed to. Other options will be considered as we move forward.