Church Opening Information

Church News | Wednesday, 8 July 2020 |

By Carolyn Tibbott

Over the past two weeks the PCC has been working hard to meet all the risk assessment criteria for re-opening the church building for the people of Broomfield. We are now at the stage where we can tentatively do that, although, at least for now, we will not be able to do so with the freedoms which we previously enjoyed.

The church has been deep cleaned and aired in accordance with Government guidelines and in order to keep within the Covid 19 safety requirements, only limited numbers of people may be in the building at any one time. A record of those who attend each time the church is open is required in case people need to be contacted, if someone who has been in church later shows symptoms of Covid 19 (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste and/or smell). Therefore, if you wish to attend church you will need to make an appointment by calling (text or WhatsApp messages are fine too) the duty phone 07464 321616 or by emailing stmarybroomfield@gmail.com. Whichever way you contact us, you will receive a response. If you do not hear back, please try again!

We have also had to put some rules in place, in order to be Covid 19 safe and in order to open at all:

The maximum numbers allowed in this church are 29, which includes the ministers.

There is yellow tape on the carpet to indicate a 2m distance, please use this wisely.

Some pews are roped off. Please only sit where there is a numbered sheet of paper. You will be told when you contact us which number to look for.

As you enter the building you will need to sanitise your hands with the alcohol wash that we are providing.

All the pew cushions and kneelers have been removed, for your comfort please bring a cushion of your own.

You will not be allowed to light candles.

Although the toilets will be open, we will not be encouraging use of the facilities!

Please enter through the main church door and exit through the hall doors (in the link).

When you leave please do not gather to chat in groups in the grounds or in the car park.

There is to be no shaking of hands, hugging or other physical contact.

PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE CHURCH BUILDING IF YOU SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 EVEN IF YOU HAVE BOOKED TO COME! (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste and/or smell)

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS AFTER ATTENDING THE CHURCH PLEASE LET ONE OF THE MINISTERS KNOW. (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste and/or smell)

All of the above are necessary in order for us to open at all! But here is the good news...

We will be opening on Wednesday 8th July from 10am - 12noon

We look forward to welcoming you back into your Parish Church

Rev. Carolyn Tibbott

Vicar of Broomfield



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