Managing risk during COVID-19
Making sure everyone remains safe, whilst ensuring the resilience of your organisation.
The challenges COVID-19 has presented to places of worship have been particularly significant. Not being able to provide spiritual support face to face in the local community at a time of national crisis being one of them. Making sure everyone remains safe will be a priority for you. Deciding how to do this in your own particular circumstances will be key.
Official guidelines will determine what you can do at your place of worship. These vary across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All of this information is subject to review, so it is important to keep up to date with the latest directions. You can follow developments and access the latest advice by using the relevant resources highlighted below.
Denominational guidance will also help you decide how best to comply with your obligations.
In applying the guidance, the precautions you take will need to reflect your own particular circumstances. This will take account of the size of your premises; their type and layout; the numbers of employees, volunteers or visitors you have; and the nature of the activities involved there. You may also need to think about how your premises are organised, operated, managed and regulated.
If you are an employer, this additional information may be helpful to you.
Information and guidance on managing the risk have been provided by the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church in Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Should you have any queries regarding this advice please speak to your usual Ecclesiastical contact.