Coronavirus: Reopening Guidance

Coronavirus GuidancePlease find below appropriate information on the steps Tabor Baptist Church is taking in relation to reopening amidst Covid-19. This information is provided in a summarised form.


1. Symptoms

You should not attend if you have the symptoms associated with coronavirus or if you have come into contact with someone who has it.

2. Test and Trace

We will need to keep a record of attendance for 21 days to support the NHS Test &Trace programme. We’ll only share your details with NHS Test &Trace if asked, and the record will
be destroyed after 21 days.

For regular attenders and members whose contact details we already have, we will simpl ynote down your attendance. Those whose details we don’t have will need to complete a consent form.

3. Over 70’s

Public Health Wales has not issued any guidance for those over the age of 70, specifically in relation to worship services. But it’s worth noting Public Health England’s note on this:

  • Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from Covid-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.
  • Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.

4. Hygeine Measures

You will be given hand gel at the entrance, but if you prefer to bring your own, that’s completely fine.

The Building

1. Seating

You may only sit with your household (or extended household). Downstairs, most spaces are for households with one or two members (groups of 1-2 chairs), with provision for up to three family groups.

Upstairs, we have marked off available seating areas but we haven’t specified how many people can sit there as the pews are more flexible.

2. Toilets

Only the two disabled toilets will be available and there will be clear signage. Please can you give the surfaces you use a wipe with the provided wipes when you have finished. (Cleaning equipment will be provided.)

3. Cleaning

After each service all the key touch points such as door handles and light switches will be cleaned.

The Service

1. Singing

Government guidance states that singing is not recommended, though it is not prohibited. As a church we have agreed to resume quiet singing only whilst wearing face masks. [updated 16.09.20]

2. Communion

We have returned to celebrating the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of the month, with congregants bringing their own elements (for safety). [updated 16.09.20]

3. Sunday School

We will not be providing Sunday School to begin with as we are not encouraging children who cannot keep social distancing. Children who are able to maintain social distancing will need to stay in the service.

4. Bibles and Hymnbooks

These will be unavailable so if you wish to have one, please bring your own.

5. Cash Donations

If possible, please give to the church via bank transfer (details on request) rather than cash. But you are still able to give via the cash box if you wish to do so.