Forfar East and Old
COVID Protection: Level 3
- Worship (in places of worship including grounds under jurisdiction of Kirk Session)
- Worship allowed up to a maximum of 50 people (including minister, stewards, musicians, and children), or a smaller number if physical distancing in building dictates.
- Funerals & Weddings
- 20 person limit for both funerals and weddings
- Post-funeral gatherings and wedding receptions for up to 20 permitted
- Outdoor live events (including outdoor worship)
- Outdoor events are NOT permitted
- Drive in events are NOT permitted
- Congregational singing should not be a part of a worship service (indoors or outdoors) with the exception of a solo singer where essential to the act of worship as per section 7.6.5 of the guidance.
- Pastoral Care
- Pastoral Care Visits should only take place where they are deemed to be essential and if possible should be moved online. Extreme care should be taken if a visit is to take place in people's homes, churches or manses and all relevant health guidance should be followed in line with guidance in section 7.6.4. If visiting in a person's home no other household should be present.
- Support Services
- Counselling, mutual aid groups, support groups, weight loss groups which are peer or professionally led can take place but should be online wherever possible.
- Church Offices and Workplaces
- Church Offices are NOT permitted to open and working from home should be the default position.
- Church Cafes (Regulated) - On premises consumption and takeaway permitted but time restrictions may apply
- Informal Hospitality (Teas and coffees after services or during groups) is not permitted.
- No in-home socialising
- 6/2 outdoors and in public places, e.g. hospitality settings i.e. max 6 people from 2 households
- Face Coverings
- Face coverings must be worn by all within a place of worship with relevant exemptions in place. For current exemptions visit the Scottish Government website.
- Travel and Transport
- No non-essential travel into or out of the level 3 area, but exemptions apply for travel for work, education, shopping, health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; and transit through restricted areas
- Avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible.
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport
- No 'lifts to church' schemes should be in operation
- Schools (and school chaplaincy)
- Schools open with enhanced protective measures, but school chaplains must follow Local Authority guidance on place of visitors and school chaplaincy.
- Youth work
- Sunday Schools and Bible Classes are permitted to run under youth work guidance with limits on numbers.
- Formal youth work as defined in the guidance, section 7.6.13 (including Uniformed Organisations) can take place with limits on numbers.
- Early learning and childcare (ELC) (formal childcare)
- Church nurseries, after school clubs, breakfast clubs (if regulated by Care Commission) can open with enhanced protective measures in place.
- Unregulated Children's Activities
- Youth clubs, carer and toddler groups and similar can take place however differentiated restrictions are in place and should be checked before activity next meets
- Sport and Exercise Classes
- Indoor classes for under 18's only.
- Outdoors classes for all ages are permitted to take place with the exception of no outdoor contact sports for those 18 or over (with the exception of professional sport).
- Visitor Attractions
- Churches which have, or are, visitor attractions may be able to open subject to government guidance
Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin can be contacted by phone on 01307 248 228. Alternatively, if you would like to contact Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin by e-mail, please use the form below.
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