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Church Restrictions Guidance Update

Update – Last week the House of Bishops affirmed that diocesan bishops can issue guidance about the first stage of a gradual easing of restrictions on our buildings and activities whilst continuing to keep our church buildings closed. A phased approach to lifting restrictions was approved, with three broad stages as infection levels improve:

Phase 1 An initial immediate phase allowing very limited access to church buildings for activities such as recording or streaming of services or private prayer by an Incumbent or an appointed person in their own parish, so long as the necessary hygiene and physical distancing precautions are taken.

Phase 2 Subsequently access for some rites and ceremonies when allowed by law, observing appropriate physical distancing and hygiene precautions.

Phase 3 Worship services with limited congregations meeting, when Government restrictions are eased to allow this.

A PCC meeting will be arranged for the week beginning 1st June to discuss.

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