As the country moves into Step 4 of the Government Covid-19 Response Roadmap, and with the guidance of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the parish will continue with a cautious approach to easements by continuing with the following key actions to mitigate against virus transmission in church:
- Whilst masks are no longer mandatory, parishioners are encouraged to continue to wear a mask whilst in church.
- Hand sanitiser will be provided at entrances for the sanitising of hands, and parishioners should continue to touch as few surfaces as possible whilst in the building.
- Please continue to use the displayed QR codes on entering church, or use the sign in sheets if you do not have the app, for test, track and trace purposes.
- We will continue with the practice of ensuring that the building is well ventilated by keeping all doors and windows open, weather permitting.
- Whilst social distancing is no longer required parishioners are asked to be mindful of their proximity to others especially whilst seated and kneeling.
- Parishioners should exercise good responsible behaviour when moving to receive Holy Communion and should avoid getting too close to each other.
- The physical Sign of Peace will remain suspended.
- Holy Communion will continue under one kind and it is recommended that it is to be distributed in the hand.
- At Holy Communion we will continue with the practice of approaching the sanctuary from the side aisle, right side of the church followed by the left, and receive Communion from the priest in the centre of the sanctuary, returning to ones seat by the central aisle.
- Indoor congregational singing is now permitted and will be phased in gently as part of worship over the summer period. Face coverings should be worn by members of the congregation whilst singing together until infection levels reduce.
- We will, of course, continue to monitor the prevailing local conditions for the virus, and any of the above easements may be suspended should conditions merit it.
You are thanked for your patience and understanding.