Attached is our initial guidelines for reopening. No doubt these things will adapt as we go on, but for now this covers most areas of changes and routine.
Cross Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) 17th July 2020
Covid-19 re-opening Risk Assessment and Health and Safety Check
A. Notice of changes and procedures
1. A register will be kept of all worshippers for a period of three weeks after the service at which they attended. Visitors shall be asked to supply their name, address and phone number. A photographic record will be used for regular worshippers.
2. Church magazines, library books and other literature shall not be available in the church foyer.
3. All soft-furnishings shall be removed from the building.
4. The use of the rear hall, and minister’s vestry shall be restricted.
5. Increased ventilation in the church building shall be practiced either by means of the window vents or by opening the windows on tilt, weather dependant.
B. Guidance for worshippers after re-opening
1. Hand wash gel shall be available at the door of the church, and must be used by those entering the premises.
2. A ‘one-way’ system shall be employed, with worshippers entering via the main entrance, and being directed to exit via one of the side exits, depending on wind direction.
3. A two-metre distance shall be enforced at all times between households (or extended households). Parents are responsible to ensure their families maintain social distancing whilst at church.
4. Face coverings may be brought to the church, and shall also be available at the foyer for all who need them.
5. In order to minimise risk and ensure seating for each household, pews have been assigned for regular worshippers and visitors. You will be shown to your pew on arrival. The Deacons’ Court will strive to ensure that the same pews are used by the same households each week.
6. Congregants shall be encouraged to maintain social distancing after the services, until they have returned to their vehicle or homes.
C. Revised cleaning and hygiene routine
After the first Sabbath service, all door and window handles, light switches and other common-touch areas shall be cleaned with disinfectant wipes. Toilets shall be cleaned if they have been used.
Each Monday and Thursday the following cleaning shall be done:
• All door and window handles, light switches and other common-touch areas shall be cleaned with disinfectant wipes. Toilets shall be cleaned if they have been used.
• All occupied pews will be cleaned with disinfectant.
• If a visiting preacher has occupied the pulpit, it too shall be disinfected.
Through the week windows in the church building shall be opened regularly between services.