The UK government has updated its Covid-19 guidelines for the safe use of places of worship (the full details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship). In response to this, the Westcliffe elders have issued the following statements and list of procedures.
(29.01.22) The wearing of masks has once again been made a personal choice by the Government and we would again urge people attending Westcliffe to be considerate of each other. We know that some will choose not to wear masks, but others will continue to do so; please continue to respect everyone’s personal choice.
If anyone is showing symptoms of Covid-19, then please follow the current Government guidance rather than attending any meeting. Advice currently is to get a PCR test and stay at home until you get a test result. If positive, then isolate for ten days; this can be reduced to five days provided you obtain two consecutive negative Lateral flow tests at least 24 hours apart. We have a responsibility to keep one another safe, especially with the Omicron variant still being so transmissible
(25.07.21) As elders, we have a duty of care for the physical well-being of the fellowship whilst in the building, as well as their spiritual health. We therefore have proposed the following procedures for the use of the building for the Sunday Morning Service to keep people safe:
- Officially, there is no need to adhere to 2m spacing between groups of chairs but, in order to minimise risk, the chairs will still have some extra spacing between them rather than returning to the pre-pandemic arrangement.
- There is no need to pre-book seats but please be mindful that some people will want to be seated separately. Please make sure that it is alright to sit next to someone who is not in the same household as you before doing so.
- On entry, a register will need to be taken for test and trace purposes.
- Hand sanitisers will remain available and should be used.
- There is no need to have a one-way system for the stairs but please be respectful regarding distancing when moving about the building.
- Communion (breaking of bread) will continue to use individual pieces of bread and cups of wine. This practise will be reviewed in the future.
- Services will still be available on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Please email email@example.com for the login details.
- Congregational singing is officially permitted by the UK government and our Morning Service will include this.
- Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in Youth Church (sometimes called Sunday School). Youth Church leaders will lead children out of the main hall at the appropriate time.
All these procedures will be kept under regular review.