Risk Assessment for (Sunday Morning) Worship
(Completed by the Risk Assessment Committee: 7 March 2022)
- 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.