The Church Stewards met last Friday (July 23rd) to consider how to respond to the relaxation of rules announced by the government on July 19th.
The Stewards felt that it was not yet time to abandon all the Covid secure measures that have been in place so far, but to take a more cautious view, at least in the short term. In arriving at this position we were influenced by:-
- The infection rate continuing to be high nationally as we enter another peak.
- Covid cases increasing dramatically in Cheshire East, which has been added to the list of areas receiving additional support.
- Double vaccination, while giving good protection against severe illness and hospitalisation, does not mean that someone cannot catch Covid-19 or be a carrier. Some people who have been double vaccinated have caught Covid-19 and been quite ill.
- Airborne transmission is a significant factor in spreading the disease and our church worship area is not well ventilated.
- We need to be mindful that some people will feel uncomfortable being in close proximity to others who may not be wearing face coverings.
Accordingly the Stewards felt that for the time being our policy should be to continue with:-
- 2 metre seating layout
- Hand santister stations
- Support NHS Track & Trace with attendance data collection
- Wearing face coverings
- Not singing
- Not using the kitchen
We did, however feel that the duty steward could welcome the preacher from the front and that readers could also come to the front to read provided that they kept 2 metres from the nearest person.
We hope that this policy meets with your approval and we look forward to the time when further relaxation can take place.