Covid Update – December 21

November brought the Covid Pandemic close to our doors with a number of families falling ill. Whilst none of those who caught the illness did so at Calvary we do need to be mindful of the increased risk during the winter months, not only of catching Covid, but also the common flu.

Since the last update the Government has implemented it’s so-called “Plan B” which has an immediate impact on churches:

  • MASKS – wearing a mask is now mandatory in indoor public spaces, including places of worship. Some people, including children under 11 and those who have a health condition or disability, are exempt from having to wear face mask so please do let the welcome team know when you arrive that you’re exempt. Anyone who doesn’t have a mask will be provided one at the welcome desk so that no one who wants to attend will be turned away.
    • Masks can be removed whilst singing
    • Masks do not have to be worn by those on set up or pack down when the main congregation are not in the building.
    • Those leading form the front also do not have to wear a mask whilst doing so.
  • ATTENDANCE & LIVE STREAM – Clearly there is no change on the government guidance to isolate if you have tested positive or our displaying COVID-19 symptoms. We are continuing to live stream our services for those unable to come in-person.
  • HAND SANITISER – please continue to use hand sanitiser on entry and exit to the building as well as after touching face and after handling shared items. Sensible hygiene should also be observed (covering mouth and nose when sneezing, using tissues and disposing immediately) in bins provided.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING – please judge your own risk tolerance when it comes to social distancing but please also consider that others may be more cautious about contact than you are. There are always more seats put out than we actually need so please make use of the whole space. If you’d really like your own space feel free to place your Bible or coat on the seat next to you.
  • DOORS & WINDOWS – Some doors and windows will remain open and we will continue to use an industrial “air mover” to circulate fresh air into the hall.
  • LATERAL FLOW TESTS – the single most effective way to support each other is to take a lateral flow test on Saturday or Sunday morning. Even if you don’t have symptoms. The reason for this is so that everyone who is coming to church has tested negative within 24 hours of meeting therefore the risks of meeting are dramatically reduced. This is not fool-proof – I recently tested positive for Covid and all my lateral flows were negative – but this is still the best way to ensure we are doing what we can to keep people safe.

Our desire is that anyone who wants to come to church should feel welcome, comfortable and able to hear the transforming good news of Jesus. Continue to pray for wisdom as we seek to do this

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