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Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for
churches do now?
that ‘Washing hands’ always refers to washing with soap and water for at least
20 seconds or using a hand-sanitiser with minimum 60% alcohol content.
See NHS guidance and
download a poster version to display.
everyone maintains good hygiene (we should be doing this already as part
of normal good practice) at all gatherings, whether services or other
occasions. This includes those handing out books etc or having other direct
physical contact with numbers of people, as well as those administering the
Eucharist (see below for more guidance):
hand gel at entrances and ensure there is a good supply of soap or hand
gel in cloakrooms and kitchens and any other appropriate areas.
way of protecting us from the spread is for everyone to use universal
good hygiene, - this means everyone, all the time, which will
effectively disrupt the spread of the virus. Display the public information
poster attached, which states:
Catch it – sneeze into a tissue.
it – bin the tissue.
it – wash your hands.
not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands.
Archbishops of Canterbury and York have
written to clergy to advise that the Common Chalice/Cup now be
suspended until further notice. We advise that all priests should
Communion in one kind only to all communicants i.e. the consecrated
bread/wafer/host, with the priest alone taking the wine;
suspend handshaking or
other direct physical contact during the sharing of the Peace;
direct physical contact as part of a blessing or "laying on of hands"
(see FAQs below for more information on this)
Churches are encouraged to
Coronavirus Parish Continuity Plan to ensure, as far as possible, their
continued mission and ministry.
Intinction is not recommended as an alternative to the Common
Chalice/Cup. It is a route for transmission from the individual through
handling the wafer/bread/host, and tiny fragments could affect people with
allergies to gluten etc.
that the distribution of individual cups for use by communicants is
not a lawful practice in the Church of England.
those attending services to wash their hands as they come into church.
ministers of the Eucharist wash their hands before and after
catering (teas, coffees etc.) where multiple people touch mugs, utensils
pastoral visits should be undertaken to people who are self-isolating until
isolation ends. However do offer phone support.
parishioners at home, wash hands before and after giving the sacraments.
from passing collection plates around.
the use of holy water stoups.
vestments (surplices, cassocks) on the hottest cycle you can
without damaging them. Chasubles etc. which could become contaminated, may
not be able to be washed. Instead, they should be securely
stored away from people, ideally in a well ventilated and brightly sunlit
area, for at least 48 hours before re-use,
Visits to people in care homes or Hospitals should
follow advice from the staff on infection control.
good regular cleaning of surfaces people touch regularly, including such
things as door handles, light switches etc.