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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance (14) 

Last updated 26 September 2021 

With the government lifting of all Covid restrictions, the Church of England has issued guidelines for churches to consider.  The vicar and PCC have reviewed these, and how they will be applied to St Mark's church services and activities are summarised below.  We will trial this recognising that if the government guidelines change we will adhere to any new regulations.

BOOKING - It will no longer be necessary to book.  This will be effective from 3 October 2021. 
We will see whether asking people to come to church (without the necessity of booking) will encourage more people to feel free to return to church.
HAND SANITISING - You will be asked to sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the building.
SEATING - We will set out the church with seating in rows that looks similar to what it did before Covid.
There are still many members of our congregation who are, or feel vulnerable.  We will encourage everyone to be sensitive to others in church as there will still be some people who will not be comfortable sitting in close proximity with others. 
For those who would feel more comfortable being more cautious around groups of people that they do not normally mix with, a zone at the rear of the church will be arranged in a more socially distanced way.
FACE MASKS - The government expect and recommend that:
“we continue wearing a face-covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t usually meet. In particular, where the risk of transmission is likely to be greater.”
So we would still strongly encourage you to wear face masks in church (to safeguard those who are vulnerable).
COFFEE/TEA - Tea and coffee will be served in church after the service in disposable cups, making sure that safety guidelines for serving are adhered to. 
THE CRECHE - The creche room will be available for parents and minders to take young children into should they wish. The service will be broadcast in the room.  Please bring your own toys etc, as we will not be providing anything that will be shared by other children.

For details of latest C of E guidance, please click below.

Covid 19 Guidance step 4