Covid19 Update - 29 November 2020

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Along with everyone else, we at the Clifton Christian Centre have been wondering what Christmas 2020 will look like and have been waiting to see how the Covid-19 situation develops. While keen to resume physical services in the Church, with sadness, we have now decided that we should not do this prior to Christmas.

In reaching this decision we have carefully considered the rules and guidance in respect of the ‘Tier’ system, the arrangements for Christmas gatherings and the general guidance for Places of Worship. Whilst we understand the desire of people to meet together, our priority is the safety of our members and friends, many of whom are elderly, some of whom are shielding and some of whom are providing care for elderly or high-risk people.

In respect of gatherings at Christmas the Government have said that from the 23rd to the 27th of December upto three households can meet indoors; that those households must be the same three households, and that people cannot move from one group to another. The guidance further recommends that people joining one of these household groups should minimise social contact with other people in the two weeks prior to Christmas. In the light of this we do not feel that it would be right for us as a church to encourage people to gather together just before Christmas. We hope you understand where we are coming from on this.

Also the experience of Church would be very different. The rules for Places of Worship in areas in Tier 3 are that people should only sit with others from their own household, and that households must not mix socially either inside or outside the building. Regardless of Tier, communal singing is not currently permitted, we have to ensure enough space to allow social distancing which reduces the seating capacity and generally, people over 70 and those who are shielding are advised not to attend places of worship. To meet under these circumstances would not be church as we know it.

We will continue to keep the situation under review and hope that physical services will be able to resume soon.

God Bless and Stay Safe.

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