We are urged to “continue to be cautious and retain some transmission controls to varying degrees at varying times”. Regular risk assessments are required to monitor local transmission rates and adjust measures accordingly, meaning things could be subject to changes over the next weeks and months ahead. Consequently, the following guidelines from the Welsh Government and Catholic Bishops of England and Wales will apply until further notice:
- Please use the booking system for attendees to be traced if necessary. It would be helpful, if you have booked and are unable to attend, to contact Elizabeth to avoid being traced unnecessarily.
- Only attend if you are symptom free.
- Face coverings are mandatory for everyone over 11yrs, unless medically exempt.
- Please sanitise your hands when entering and exiting the Church.
- Stewards are still very much be needed.
- Cleaning will remain a high priority.
- Cleaning (update 15/09/21) – Regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and equipment. Allowing for breaks between service and ensuring thorough and regular cleaning, using disinfectant in high footfall areas and in high contact touchpoints such as door handles, rails, pews, kneelers, tables etc
- Where objects are touched as part of worship, cleaning the object between each worshipper that touched it and require worshipers to sanitise or wash their hands before and after touching the object. (e.g. bells)
- Ventilation – windows and doors will be kept open to maintain a good supply of fresh air when the building is occupied.
- Social distancing is no longer a legal requirement. However, some may wish to or have been advised to remain especially cautious. There is an area with social distancing or you may request a card to place next to you. Should you wish to remain distanced please either notify Elizabeth when booking or the Steward at the door.
- Holy Communion will continue under one kind. Please wait to be invited for Holy Communion by the steward. If you do not wish to receive Communion, please come for a blessing to avoid others brushing past you on returning to the pew. Please ensure your face mask is removed before receiving the host in your hand!
- At the end of Mass, please wait in your pew until the Steward advises you to leave. At the weekend Masses, one-way system for movement of people will continue for now to avoid congestion. People should exercise good responsible behaviour and should avoid getting too close to each other.
- Ministers for the celebration of Holy Mass; readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be re-introduced slowly over the coming months.
- Singing – (guidance received 15/09/21): singing or chanting increases the amount of aerosol expelled into the air from people’s mouths. Reducing the amount of singing or stopping singing can help to reduce the risk of transmission. If singing takes place, other mitigations should be put in place evidence of which must be included in a risk assessment, this includes improving ventilation, moving the activity outdoors, increasing the space between people, or having fewer people present. This will be reviewed in the next risk assessment.
- If you wish to give an offering please do so in the basket at the back of the Church.
- PARISH CENTRE: it is hoped the Hall can be reopened, pending the necessary risk assessments, for Parish use over the next few months; only then tea & coffee after Mass will resume.
Hiring to third parties/ general public will remain suspended but will be kept under review.
To comply with the covid secure risk assessment we require volunteers for both churches to facilitate the safety measures. We know there are many willing hands, however it is not advisable for persons in the vulnerable group to do so. We need your help to:-
- CLEAN and sanitise the churches in accordance with the approved cleaning plan.
- STEWARD to provide a welcoming presence, to confirm attendance and guide people:- to their seats, for Holy Communion and to depart at the end of Mass.If you are able to assist, please get in touch as I would be very pleased to hear from you. Thank you Fr. Mark