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Last updated 8th August 2020

Guidance & Information

Last updated 8th August 2020

All visitors will be expected to observe the following general guidance when visiting our Church.

  • Do not attend the church if you have symptoms of COVID19 or heavy cold or flu symptoms (high temperature, dry cough, loss of smell and taste).
  • When necessary, stand in an orderly queue outside the church at the recommended spacing as directed by the stewards.
  • Sanitise hands on entering and exiting the church.
  • Make known to the stewards if you need to sit in the area reserved for those who are clinically vulnerable or a wheelchair user.
  • Wait for direction from a steward before entering the church.
  • Face masks are highly encouraged but not obligatory.
  • Use the one-way system for access and egress.
  • Enter benches via the central aisle. Sit only in designated benches.
  • Access to the Martyrs’ Chapel is via the side aisle (standing only).
  • Maintain recommended physical distancing at all times within the church. Same household groups may be nearer to each other.
  • All visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Adults must prevent young children from wandering around.
  • Only one person at a time is allowed in the Narthex for reading notices.
  • No articles or rubbish should be left inside the church. Anything left will be disposed of as rubbish.
  • Light only candles provided by the church and light candles from others already alight. These will have been placed in a hygienic manner by the stewards prior to the church opening. Note that sanitiser on hands must be allowed to dry before lighting a candle as liquid sanitiser is flammable and could catch fire.
  • Behave in an orderly considerate manner whilst in any eventual queue and in the church.
  • Be considerate in allowing movement of others around the church so that physical distancing is observed.
  • Toilets inside the church are not available to visitors. The nearest public toilets are in Canterbury Lane opposite the church door (side door not main entrance).

In addition to the general guidance, those wishing to attend Mass should also follow the below:

  • Test & Trace Card is a government requirement and must be completed in advance and placed in a box at entry. If you are a ‘same household’ family, name one key contact and add the number of family members for that visit. If you forget your card, a steward will complete it on your behalf. Please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to avoid any delays.
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  • Face Coverings  – the use of face coverings in public buildings is now mandatory for everyone (unless exempt). Parishioners will need to wear a face covering when entering the Church so please bring one with you and wear it. Communion can only be received by hand at this time. Please keep a safe distance particularly when queuing.
  • All Masses will be shorter (singing is not currently allowed, there will be a brief homily but no offertory procession or Intercessions).
  • Weekend Masses are popular, so occasionally alternate your attendance to other Weekday Masses so that numbers remain below 60 for social distancing purposes.
  • No collections during Mass. If you have an envelope, please put it through the presbytery door before Mass or alternatively try our new Just Giving page.
  • Please note that there is still a dispensation from the Sunday Obligation.