Coronavirus Guidance and Resources For Churches

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Please see below updates of important directives and guidance in this fast moving crisis. We trust that these new arrangements will be part of the support for all those serving Jesus Christ in church and society.

Your three key sources of up-to-date advice, guides and instructions:

For Government Updates click here

For NHS Updates click here

For National Church of England Updates click here


Latest Updates

Changes to COVID-19 restriction from Monday 14 September (10/09/20)

From this Monday churches may continue socially distanced acts of worship and remain open for private prayer, with full precautions in place, however meeting socially at services will be restricted under the COVID social distancing guidelines.

For halls and premises that are COVID secure with their risk assessment in place, it is understood at this stage, activities can currently proceed. New guidance is available on the gov.uk website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities 

There is also a new Government document on social distancing which includes reference to children’s playgroups and youth activities as being amongst those where groups could be larger than 6 people:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing 

The full breakdown of these changes can be read on the gov.uk website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-9-september

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Birmingham's Area of Enhanced Support status (29.07.20)

Birmingham is an Area of Enhanced Support. In order to try to avoid new restrictions we are all being strongly advised by Birmingham City Council to adhere to Public Safety Advice:

  • Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wear a face covering in shops and on public transport
  • Keep a safe distance away from others

We urge you to review procedures in place for the opening of your buildings for worship and other allowed uses, to ensure all possible compliance and to support the Council initiative to ‘prevent local lockdown and saves lives!’
 
Detailed information on is available on the BCC website on the national watchlist: ‘Areas of Concern’, ‘Areas of Enhanced Support’, and ‘Areas of Intervention’.

Jenny Tomlinson, Archdeacon of Birmingham
Simon Heathfield, Archdeacon of Aston


 

Church of England - churches guidance webpage

The National Church of England team have made a number of key updates to their online guidance pages, including advice about caring for church grounds, and guidance when using online platforms. All amends are endorsed by the Church of England Birmingham and the updated measures should be put into practice.

The CofE Guidance webpage can be accessed directly, please click here

 


Related links and documents

COVID-19: Personal Risk Factors (14 .07.20)

Resuming public worship in our buildings: update (09.07.20)

+ Government Financial Measures

+ The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

+ The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme FAQs

+ Finances: Loss of Incomes

+ National Lottery Heritage Fund: Emergency Coronavirus Response

+ Multilingual Hygiene & Prevention Posters

+ Easy-to-read Coronavirus Advice: for those with learning disabilities

Pathways for accessing support in Birmingham

+ Access to church buildings during lockdown: advice for incumbents

Property guidance on construction work resuming | 13 May 2020

A statement from Bishop David regarding the recent national CofE announcement about church building access  |  6 May 2020

A statement from Bishop David in regard to the continued national lockdown situation | 26 May 2020

Access to church buildings during lockdown: advice for incumbents | 26 May 2020

Keeping church buildings clean | 26 May 2020

Towards re-opening Church Buildings: COVID-19 Risk Assessment Checklist for Parish Churches | 26 May 2020

Access to church buildings during lockdown: general advice for incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members | 26 May 2020

Click here and here for details of organisations and offered funding support in relation to the COVID-19 Crisis

+ Response to questions regarding Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme

+ Letter to faith groups regarding the pressures placed upon faith communities as a result of social-distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Safeguarding: Engaging with children online

Statement from Bishop David re continued national lockdown situation - 26 May 2020

UPDATED National CofE advice on COVID-19 - 9 June 2020

+ Opening for private prayer

Comment from Bishop David regards 4 July

Archdeacons' guidance regards worship services from 4 July

Notification of further Recovery Group documents - 2 July 2020

 


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