The purpose of this Risk Assessment is-
- To prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing or controlling potential risks (as listed below)
- To promote the safety of individuals attending Totton Evangelical Free Church
- To enable those attending to feel safe and confident with the arrangements
- To comply with government guidelines for places of worship
Worshippers coming into contact with Coronavirus Sufferers
- Persons should not attend the church if they are suffering from a raised temperature, new persistent cough, loss of taste or smell or other respiratory infection or if they are contacts of anybody with Coronavirus. The services will continue to be recorded for those who are unwell, vulnerable or in a household that is self-isolating.
- Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19 including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.
Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
- Congestion will be avoided in the foyer or aisles. There will be door stewards who will direct each household to a seat. It may be necessary to wait in a socially distanced queue on the path within the Church grounds if the door stewards are busy.
- Access to the toilets will be on a one out one in basis. Door stewards can advise on whether the toilets are in use to avoid queueing and congestion.
- To enable the 2metre social distancing rule to be observed during the services it will not be possible to use all seats. Those which cannot be used will be taped off.
- To enable optimum seat use, seats will be allocated at each service and it may be necessary to sit in a different place on each occasion. Households will be asked to sit together.
- If additional capacity is required it will be necessary to use the back hall, socially distanced.
Cross-contamination from Surfaces
- Hand sanitiser will be provided by the door stewards to be used by every person on entering and leaving the Church.
- Church hymnbooks or Bibles will no longer be provided. There will be printed hymn sheets for each service which individuals should pick up for themselves and remove after the service. Worshippers are welcome to bring their own Bibles and hymnbooks provided they take them home after each service.
- All personal belongings will need to be removed from seats after the service.
- The kitchen will be out of bounds under the current restrictions. If people feel they need water during the service, they must bring their own.
- In accordance with government guidelines no food or drink will be allowed in the services.
- Gloves and wipes will be provided so the toilets can be cleaned after each use. Please could adults from the same household escort children under 12 to ensure this is carried out.
- Chair ledges, toilets, door handles and other contamination points will be cleaned after each service. Named people will have the responsibility for each section.
- To ensure good ventilation during the services windows will need to remain open during the services.
Enhanced Airborne Transmission of the Virus
- In accordance with government guidelines it may not be possible to have singing at the time of re-opening the Church.
- To comply with Government guidelines the congregation will be requested to leave promptly upon exit and not to form groups inside or outside the premises.
This Risk Assessment will be subject to continuous review in the light of prevailing guidelines and local circumstances.
It is hoped that these arrangements will only be necessary for a short period and that there will be a gradual lifting of the restrictions.
“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.”