COVID-19

 

The Bible teaches us to love our neighbour as well as to care for ourselves.  In keeping with these teachings, Inclusive Community Church expects that everyone attending our services and events will have received a full set of COVID-19 vaccinations, as they are eligible, or will have taken a COVID-19 test with a negative result within 24 hours prior to attending any service or event.

(Click here to order rapid lateral flow tests.)
 
From 10th December 2021, the government introduced new requirements in England to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Some of these requirements affect Places of Worship.  This includes the requirement of wearing a face covering in a Place of Worship.
 
Further information about the requirement to wear a face covering can be found on the government’s website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
 
We would like to draw your attention to a few of the sections on the above referenced government webpage:


1.  When to wear a face covering
Part of this section states:
There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
(The subsequent list includes ‘places of worship’.)


2.  Singing
Part of this section states:
There is a reasonable excuse for someone to remove a face covering when it is reasonably necessary for them to sing, for example, if they are singing as part of a choir, or during a service, rehearsal or for a performance.
and
This change allows those who are taking part in activities where singing is reasonably necessary to choose to remove their face covering if they prefer while singing.


3.  If you are not able to wear a face covering
Part of this section states:
In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering.

Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances. Some people are less able to wear face coverings, and the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • children under the age of 11 (The UK Health Security Agency does not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • people for whom putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress
  • people speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
  • to avoid the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
  • police officers and other emergency workers, given that this may interfere with their ability to serve the public

 
Please note that the requirements and guidelines are set by the government, not Inclusive Community Church.

Additional information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
 
We trust that all of us will follow these guidelines and regulations to help ensure everyone’s health and safety as we come together for times of Worship and Fellowship.

 

 

  

 

Inclusive Community Church

Hannington Road

Bournemouth

BH7 6JT

Tel: 0300 123 7773

info@inclusive.church

 

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