We have seen the easing of regulations nationwide as more and more people have been vaccinated and the level of infection is at a more manageable level.
Our Kirk Session discussed what this means for our church life. We follow the rules of the Scottish Government and the guidelines of the Church of Scotland which are based on them. Our priority in this matter is the safety of our church family and everyone who joins us for worship, prayer or any other event.
After prayerful consideration and based on the Church of Scotland guidelines the Kirk Session has decided that we can, safely, ease our COVID regulations at church.
This means that on and from Sunday, 17th October:
- Some things will change:
- There will no longer be a maximum capacity on numbers attending a service or event at church.
- There will not be any mandatory distancing at church. We strongly encourage households to keep a safe distance from other households. Be kind to others: you may feel comfortable being close to others, but they may not be so confident about it!
- There will not be a one-way system in the church.
- Some things will remain the same:
- We continue to uphold the high standards of cleanliness in the building, despite the dust produced by the building works. Our thanks go to Moira for her conscientious hard work.
- Hand sanitising remains available at entry and exit points from the building. We strongly encourage you to make use of this facility.
- We will continue to ‘check-in’ on arrival, recording name and contact details (and maintaining data protection privacy).
- Wearing face coverings is still mandatory in the building for everyone over 12 years old, except where there is a medical exemption from wearing them.
- Face coverings must be worn even when singing (unless medically exempt).
Please continue to be safe, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, respect others and follow the rules and guidelines.
The Church of Scotland Guidelines are available on their website.
[on behalf of the Kirk Session, George Vidits and Timothy Pitt]