At your place of worship – do’s and don’ts

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Communal worship or prayer can be attended by more than 30 people but only if the venues used can safely accommodate larger numbers in a way which complies with COVID-19 secure guidance. It is important that risks are managed sensibly. In line with wider Places of worship guidance you should:

Do – Follow the mitigations that places of worship have put in place, for example using booking systems, changes to entrances and exits or staggered arrivals.
Do – Continue to broadcast services online for those who need to stay at home or are able to mark the event at home to avoid large gatherings.
Don’t break social distancing (2 metres between households, or 1 metre with mitigations, if 2 metres is not possible), and especially avoid touching people outside of your household.
Don’t interact socially outside of your household, or the group (of 2 households) that you went to the place of worship with.
Do – If you can, you should also wear a face covering – you must wear these if you travel on public transport or visit a shop.
Do – Make sure you provide your contact details to the place of worship to support the NHS Test and Trace service designed to track and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Don’t use shared areas for ablutions – wash at home, unless in an emergency.
Do – Remove communal resources such as prayer mats. Single use alternatives should be removed after use and disposed of by the worshipper.
Do – Make sure only you touch your belongings, for example shoes if removed.
Do – Take home personal items brought in to aid worship, such as a prayer mat.
Do – Speak into a microphone to lead devotions or sermons to avoid shouting. Avoid sharing microphones between different speakers.
Do – Small groups of singers, including choirs, can perform in front of worshippers. Singing should be limited to a small set group of people and
Don’t – should not include audience participation.
Don’t – Visitors or worshippers should not sing as well.
Do – Continue to broadcast services online for those who need to stay at home.

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