Coronavirus: Guidance on re-opening Baptist church buildings
The government has announced that from 4 July 2020, Places of Worship in England will be permitted to open again for services, in addition to being open for private prayer which has been permitted since 13 June 2020. We have written a new guidance leaflet which is intended to help churches work through the practicalities of re-opening
. Please note that whilst much of this leaflet is generally applicable it has been written primarily with a view to re-opening churches for worship services. Your key legal requirement prior to re-opening is to carry out a risk assessment
(we have provided a template for this
) and then implement any control measures identified.
Churches in England should refer to government guidelines
and ensure that they operate within these as a minimum. These should be regularly reviewed as they are updated frequently. Please note that reference to 'Venue Managers' in the Government guidance should be interpreted by Baptist churches as being the church charity trustees, who carry the legal responsibility for the general control and management of the administration of the church.
For churches in Wales the regulations are different
These guidance notes are intended to help Baptist Church trustees/leaders/deacons to work through the issues involved in practicalities of re-opening their buildings and interpreting the guidance in a Baptist context. These notes are not a replacement for the Government guidance and should be read in conjunction with that guidance. If you identify any conflict between this document and the government guidance, the government guidance prevails.
Please click here to download Word version of the Appendices
to the Guidance on re-opening church buildings
Guidance on Church Worship
Please also see the new Guidance on Church Worship
from our Ministries Team.
Version 1: 30 June 2020 (9am)
Version 1.1: 30 June 2020 (12:45pm) - Link added to Risk Assessment template
Version 1.2: 30 June 2020 (10:45pm) - Link added to Government Guidance on Multi-Use Community facilities
Version 1.3: 1 July 2020 (10:45am) - Link to Risk Assessment templates updated
Version 1.4: 2 July 2020 (3:15pm) - Added Appendix 6 – Contractor Checklist and paragraph about management of contractors into section 2. Added reference to collection of posters. Made clear that face coverings are not required under government guidance where 2m distancing is possible, but still recommended.
Version 1.5: 9 July 2020 (4.15pm). Clarified wording on waste in Section 2, added paragraph on transport in section 4, added comment on queuing systems at entrances in section 4, added paragraphs on Church Members’ Meetings and Prayer Meetings and Bible Studies in section 5, updated paragraph on children’s’ activities in section 5 to refer to new government and Baptists Together guidance, updated paragraph on social interactions in section 5, added additional detail to section on use of church for other activities, reworded reoccupation checklist item about pest control.