SPECIAL NOTICE - 16 JULY 2021
We now know from the government that there will be a complete relaxation of the restrictions to which we have become accustomed from next Monday, but there are many who question the wisdom of that decision. Please do not think that this means no restrictions in church immediately. The Governmental Task Force for Places of Worship met on Thursday this week to consider the specific advice for churches. The Bishops have considered how to implement their recommendations and have issued some guidelines.
However, there is increasing concern about the rapidly escalating numbers of cases of the virus so, in common with many other parishes, we have decided to keep the restrictions in church as they are, including the wearing of masks, signing in, the sanitising of hands, the social distancing measures, and the stewarding of weekend Masses until at least the end of August. This is disappointing, but is the only way to ensure the safety of our whole church family. Many people will be on holiday during this time so there should not be a problem with the restricted numbers. The same limit of 50 will be applied for weddings, baptisms & funerals The safety concerns mean that, unfortunately, for the time being, St Margaret’s will remain closed for worship.
Keep safe and God bless you all,
Fr Peter, Deacon Tony, Deacon Chris
If you are coming to Mass: Wear a mask; Social distance when queuing: sanitise your hands on entry and sign in for Track & trace or scan the QR code with NHS app: Follow the one way system and instructions from stewards (wearing aprons to identify them). Communion in the hand only, no chalice. Instructions will be given by Fr Peter. Strict limit of 50, no exceptions. Box for offerings at back of church. Leave promptly, as instructed, at the end of Mass, not before. THERE ARE NO TOILETS AVAILABLE. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE PARISH CENTRE.
Maximum of 50 persons allowed to attend.
Face covering must be worn.
Sanitise hands on entry and exit.
Sign in for Track & Trace. A QR code is now available to scan with NHS app.
Communion in the hand only.
Follow one way system.
Maintain social distance inside and outside church.
Currently it is not possible to open St Margaret's church but hopefully this will change soon.
This is going to feel strange but is for the best.
If you need any help please contact us via the presbytery or the Facebook page and we will do our best to help.
Keep smiling, keep praying and God bless you all.
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