Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Safety

Our Risk Mitigation Approach

The Coronavirus pandemic is a serious threat to public health across the globe and at the Ascension we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk of transmission. This includes following Government and Church of England guidelines, conducting regular risk assessments, marshalling worshipers, providing hand sanitiser, , frequently sanitising the church, cleaning and quarantining laminated mass cards and adapting the layout to safely accommodate worshipers as and where necessary.

If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms (fever, new persistent cough, loss of taste or smell) you must stay at home. 

Safety Measures We Ask You to Follow

To help keep yourself and others safe we ask you to follow and resect the following guidelines, procedures and adaptations to our Worship. 

  • First and foremost, please stay at home if you think you have Covid-19 symptoms (fever, new persistent cough, loss of taste or smell).

  • If you have been notified by the NHS that you fall into a category which means you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should carefully consider if attending public worship is safe for you to do so. 

  • You are required to wear a face-mask when in the church unless medically exempt.

  • We are now requested by the Government to ask you to provide your name and contact phone-number for track-and-trace. If you have a smartphone, you can scan the QR code at the door with your NHS COVID-19 App to check in.

  • Use the hand-sanitiser provided when entering the church, again before receiving communion and ‘before and after’ if you use the loo.

  • Where possible keep a two meter distance from others.

  • Where it is not possible to keep two meters, you MUST keep the one-metre plus social distancing rule at all times.

  • Place your weekly offertory or any donations in the wall-safe at the back of church.

  • Do not sit in any chairs where there is a sign asking you not to sit there. 

  • The ‘family rows’ where chairs are grouped together are designated for people from a single household who are not self-isolating. If you come alone, please use a single seat and leave the ‘two together’ ones for couples.

  • Please do not put a chair in the designated wheelchair space (by the radiator in the north aisle).

  • Candles have been put in place in the candle-stands so you don’t need to pick one up from the baskets – just light yours from one already lit.

  • If you are receiving Holy Communion, it must be on the hand, and the Host will be dropped onto your hand without touching it. Please wait in your seat and come forward when the person in front of you returns, to maintain social distancing.

  • We are not permitted to sing, share the Peace or receive from the Chalice.

  • Follow any further directions given at Public Worship by The Clergy, Sacristan, Churchwardens, Sidespersons and Marshals.

  • Sidespersons will control access to the building. Should capacity be reached regrettably further access to the building will be prevented. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding