COVID-19 guidance for visitors

We have undertaken a risk assessment in accordance with Government guidance and ask for your cooperation in following these guidelines.

  • Respect everyone’s personal space.
  • Wearing a face covering is an individual decision.
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided when entering and exiting the building. 
  • Avoid sharing items, e.g. Bibles. Church equipment (e.g. PA, computer, mic covers) must be cleaned/replaced after use. Cleaning instructions are on the notice board.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or the crook of your sleeved arm, not your hands, if you don’t have a tissue), and throw the tissue away in the bin provided immediately afterwards. Then wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
  • If you need to use the toilet, only use those adjacent to your meeting room. Use hand sanitiser before entering. When you have finished, use disinfectant wipes on the flush handle and toilet seat. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap. Use a paper towel to open the door and put it in the bin.
  • Do not come to church if you have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste. Follow the Government guidance on staying at home and self-isolating. This is to minimise risk of spread of COVID-19 to friends, the wider community, and particularly the vulnerable.

If someone becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms while at church

  • They should go home immediately and follow the Government guidance on staying at home and self-isolating. If they need clinical advice, they should go online to NHS 111 (or call 111 if they don’t have internet access). 
  • In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. They should not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
  • Other people who may have been in contact with the person who has become unwell should wash their hands thoroughly after the interaction, but they do not need to take any other specific action unless they develop symptoms themselves or are advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace. If they do develop symptoms they should follow the stay at home guidance.
  • The group leader must notify Mark immediately and ensure cleaning is carried out following the instructions for a COVID-19 incident. These are available in the cleaning cupboard and here. Single-use aprons, masks and gloves are provided in the cleaning cupboard.

23/07/2021 . Issue 7