Coming out of Covid-19 lockdown

Published: 1st June 2020

As we gradually come out of the Covid-19 lockdown, this page will feature the latest updates. 

Please visit churchofengland.org/coronavirus for the latest national guidance. Documents found on this page include: 

  • Guidance on opening church buildings and church halls for a variety of activities, including public worship
  • Advice on keeping facilities clean at this time
  • Risk assessment templates and guidance on completion
  • Advice on gaining temporary permissions to make changes to your church buildings

The Government has announced that church buildings can now open for private prayer and funeralsRead the Government's guidance on how to do this safely.

From 4 July, church buildings will be allowed to open more fully for worship and other reasons, including weddings with up to 30 people. Read the Government's guidance. 

Action with Communities in Rural England has this sample risk assessment for community halls.

Bishop John writes:

"No-one should feel under pressure to reopen their building for any purpose until they and their PCC feel confident to do so. We anticipate a very gradual reopening since it is crucial to ensure that anyone entering a church building will be safe. With this in mind, any opening of church buildings, should only happen once a full risk assessment has been completed. This should set out, in each situation, what is possible and when. Clearly, numbers allowed into the church will need be based on the size of the building and the ability for it to be thoroughly cleaned."

Posters

We have produced the following posters for you to print out and use in your churches. 

There are also two posters available on the Church Support Hub to be displayed inside and outside your church:

We hope shortly to be able to offer further customisable posters for parishes to use.

Keeping your church clean

Parish Buying (the buying service set up by the Church of England and Church in Wales) have launched ranges of hygiene, cleaning and PPE supplies with preferential rates negotiated with national suppliers. Find out more

Church online in the next phase: advice and considerations

If you have built up an online congregation, it's important to keep reaching these people even if the church doors are open.

  • This blog from the Church of England shares a range of options for the way churches may continue to offer some form of online service.
  • The Diocese of Bristol has produced very helpful guidance for churches on equipment options and an idea of costs for live streaming.

Both blogs offer advice on Safeguarding, GDPR, and permissions to think about.

Resources


Page last updated: 7th July 2020 2:02 PM