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Rhu & Shandon Community Council

Church Reopening. Message from Andrew Nisbet

Added on 23 August 2020

September Re-opening Planned

On Tuesday, 18th August, the Kirk Session met (on Zoom) to discuss a report prepared by the COVID19 Task Group on Re-opening the Church. After a full discussion, it was agreed that:

  • the process of re-opening should be phased, starting with Private Prayer Sessions (with music) before progressing to more communal services;
  • that the phased return will be on a fortnightly basis from the 23 September 2020, initially for the first 6 weeks (the days and time are still to be firmed up);

The numbers able to attend these gatherings will have to be limited because of spatial distancing requirements (2 metre separation) and those attending will be required to observe strict COVID procedures, including:

  • Affirming that neither they, nor anyone they live with, have COVID symptoms;
  • Providing their name and contact details (for track and trace purposes);
  • Having their temperature checked before entering the church;
  • Sitting in a seat allocated as directed by stewards;
  • Using hand sanitizer provided on entering and leaving the building; and
  • Wearing a facemask

A significant amount of preparatory work still needs to be done before we can start to welcome you back, but we will keep you updated as we finalise the detailed preparations to ensure that we keep everyone safe.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch.
Keep safe and well

Andrew Nisbet
Task Group Chair