Covid Update - September 2021
Sunday 29th August pm
Parishes of St Aidan’s, Benton and St Mary’s, Forest Hall
As Christian Communities, we want to be responsive to the needs and wishes of our Parishioners as we learn to
live with COVID. The Government recently relaxed many of the COVID specific rules and things are starting to return to something closer to normal.
We wish to welcome as many people as possible to attend each service in church. We do however still have a moral and legal duty of care to those who attend, and this is why we are taking cautious steps to remove some of the restrictions currently in place.
We welcome all, including the most vulnerable to illness in our community, and we do not feel it is appropriate to simply
remove all restrictions in one go.
So, from the first weekend in September, we are experimenting with the removal of restrictions as to the number of people
who can attend Mass and the need to pre-book places. There are also no restrictions to numbers of people attending Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals. We will still limit to seated places only (i.e. no standing room) but we rarely ran out of seats when all benches were available.
However, we must balance risk with this relaxation; to protect all who attend. So, we will continue to ask that ALL except for those with genuine medical exemptions wear a suitable face covering. You must also continue to sanitise your hands as you enter the building and not gather in groups inside the church before or after a service.
For Sunday Masses our Stewards will continue to assist you in finding seats and make the best and safe use of seating
as well as sanitise the church after each Mass.
In summary, the first tentative changes we are making are: the removal of the need to pre-book places at Mass and increasing the numbers that we can welcome.
Fr. S Hall