In the wake of the First Minister’s recent announcements, from Monday, 19th July, we move to Level 0 of the Covid restrictions. It has practical positive implications for our communal worship:
- Capacity. The previous 2-metre social distancing is reduced to 1-metre which means we can use all the pews in our churches. Each pew can be used by up to 5 persons from one household.
- One way traffic. Those arriving in the church must enter through the main door, remain in their seats for the duration of the service and then leave through the exit door in the front part of the church.
- Hygiene. Wearing face masks or covering is mandatory for everyone staying in the church; children below the age of 5 and people with specific medical conditions are exempt in line with the Scottish Government guidelines. On the arrival, you should use hand sanitising gel (available in the foyer). The use of toilets in the church should be avoided except in emergencies.
- Health and safety. Should you have symptoms of Covid-19 (new persistent cough, fever, loss of smell and taste), or have been issued a shielding letter or being asked to self-isolate please do not attend Mass.
- Liturgy. According to the most recent guidelines produced by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, there are temporary restrictions and changes to the way Mass is celebrated.
- Holy Communion is distributed in one kind (the Body of Christ) given on hand only.
We must also continue using the pew booking system for two reasons:
- Track & trace. In case of someone being diagnosed with Covid-19, we can help to trace anyone who might have been in close contact with the person in question. This is why we ask for your contact details in the reservation form. Those details will be kept confidential, safe and secure, for 21 days as required by the current regulations before being destroyed.
- Avoidance of overcrowding. Separate households must sit in separate pews of which the number is limited. We want to avoid barring people from entering the church on the spot – it’s against our community’s welcoming spirit and can put our volunteers in awkward positions