Risk Assessment for (Sunday Morning) Worship

(Completed by the Risk Assessment Committee: 7 March 2022)

Risks

These include:

  • Aerosol or droplet transmission of Covid-19.
  • Surface Transmission of Covid-19.
  • Visitors are unclear on requirements for attending church or visiting the building for other purposes, or anxious about attending.
  • Cleaning the church after known exposure to someone with Coronavirus symptoms.

Risk: Aerosol or droplet transmission of Covid-19

  • The church naturally has plentiful ventilation. We will also leave external doors open as far as possible in the warm weather during services.
  • Facemasks are to be worn in the kitchen.
  • People will be facing the same direction, reducing risk of transmission. People can choose to sit socially distanced.
  • Holy Communion will continue to be administered at people's seats

Risk: Surface Transmission of Covid-19

  • Hand sanitiser is available (a) at the entrance to the church; (b) on tables and cupboards at the back of church; (c) at entrance to the toilets. People are encouraged to use it.
  • Holy Communion is offered every other week.
  • Communion wine is not offered at the moment. We will discuss this again if infections drop below 100 per 100,000 in Oldham.
  • Any Communion bread is prepared only by the priest; covered with a cloth while the priest is speaking; and administered by the priest with sanitised hands
  • Recieve Holy Communion at our seats, not at the altar rail, to prevent contact with others.
  • Doors will be left open in warm weather.
  • Liturgy is available (a) on the screen; or (b) from Service books
  • Cleaning takes place every month
  • Very few items are shared between different people. Only on the Lectern.
  • Children's toys are not available.
  • In the toilets, an adequate supply of soap and disposable hand towels, and a bin for towels, are available.
  • All waste receptacles have disposable liners.
  • Litter picks are used for picking up litter.
  • Non-contact sharing of the peace will continue

Risk: Visitors are unclear on requirements for attending church or visiting the building for other purposes, or anxious about attending.

  • We communicate requirements and expectations via the Church Website and by email, especially when they change.
  • We provide detailed welcoming notices that outline safety measures.
  • No booking system is required

Cleaning the church after known exposure to someone with Coronavirus symptoms

  • If possible we will close the church building for 48 hours with no access permitted, or use the Guidance on cleaning historic buildings.
  • If 48 hours closure is not possible then we will follow Public Health England guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings .
  • If the building has been quarantined for 48 hours, then carry out cleaning as per the normal advice on cleaning .
  • Sets of chairs can be stacked away and left for longer, if the building is to be used within 3 days.
  • Objects that have been handled by the person with Covid-19, these will be quarantined, if possible, for 3 days, or disinfected.