Cautious & Limited Reintroduction of Time for Personal Prayer within St Michael’s Church
Last Monday came the announcement from the civil authorities that subject to certain conditions being met churches are permitted to reopen for personal prayer only. (Public congregations in churches are still not permitted.) Subject to restrictions outlined below, St Michael’s Church will reopen briefly between 10.30am and 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday of next week.
People are advised that pandemic conditions still exist. People are asked to think of others by following restrictions. The fact remains that this virus is still being unknowingly transmitted and is still causing the death of some people, especially those with underlying pre-existent conditions, as well as a significant proportion of those over 70 years of age. Caution and precaution are still required. If you feel in any way unwell before you visit the church, please stay at home: you would safer and so would everyone else.
The opening of the church at this time will depend on visitors following the guidelines below:
Opening Days: Monday to Saturday only. (Closed Sunday)
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 2.30pm only.
Entrance: The side door nearest the Parish Office. (Main door remains shut.)
Exit: The only exit is by the other side door, nearest the clergy house.
Maximum Number: Only ten (10) people allowed in the church at any one time. (Ushers will not admit more.)
Contact Details: Visitors are encouraged to leave contact details (in case needed).
Ushers: Please follow the directions of the ushers re using hand gel.
Seating: Sit only in the designated places against the church wall. (Benches not to be used at this time.)
Bring Sanitary Wipes: Use these to wipe the designated space where you sit.
Leave after 10 Minutes: For this initial period (to allow others safe access).
These guidelines may change over time depending on the safety or otherwise of the situation.