From Sunday 15th August we will be increasing the seating available at our Masses.
Fully one half of one aisle the church will be reserved for those who are socially distancing. This will allow those who sit there – as at present – to be be seated fully 1 metre from those who are not in their ‘bubble’. The block of 5 benches will be on the right hand side of the church (as you face the altar) – beginning with the bench in front of the organ.
- We will continue to apply the track and trace system for all those coming to church.
- Everyone will continue to be required apply hand sanitiser before entering the church.
- Everyone entering the church will be required to wear a facemask (unless they are under 5, or have written evidence of a medical exemption)
Relaxing the seating arrangements in this way is in line with Government guidance and in line also with the, stricter, Church guidance.
Making this change will avoid us having to turn people away from Mass because all seats are taken, as has happened over a number of recent Sundays.
This new arrangement will be kept under review. And should it be necessary to reinstate the tighter control over seating, we will of course do so.