where possible separate points of entrance and exit, clearly marked
no congregation by people outside the premises before and after any service
stewards on site to assist in this regard
Additional measures to be put in place to address overcrowding, to include scheduling additional services, increased stewarding and an advance booking system, where necessary.
Where the size of the premises allows for a capacity of greater than 50 this may be permitted only where:
social distancing guidelines are adhered to
the premises can be subdivided into distinct sections (cordoned or marked appropriately) of not more than 50 persons in each section
there is a minimum of 4 metres between sections
each section having its own entrance/exit route
there are separate arrangements for elements of the service involving close contact, for example the distribution of Holy Communion
strictly no movement of people between sections before, during or after the service
the premises is well-ventilated
In recognition of capacity limits within places of worship, drive-in religious services
may be permitted outside places of worship (e.g. church carpark) where all attendees remain in their vehicles and follow prevailing advices on the mixing of households.
Provision should be made for certain elements of the service e.g. holy communion, where public health measures should be put in place to ensure that there are separate arrangements in place for those in vehicles and there is no contact between attendees.
Duration of service
Services should not exceed one hour (this includes entrance and exit times) with at least one hour between services to allow for cleaning and ventilation and to avoid crowding/overlap.
Choirs (as part of the service), chanting and congregational singing