Church buildings during COVID-19

Pelsall, St Michael and All Angels
Pelsall, St Michael and All Angels, in Walsall Archdeaconry: socially-distanced seating in the nave for individual private prayer (June 2020). "We have aspired to get the balance right between providing spiritual comfort and inspiring confidence to accept the change" (Revd Alison Morris)

A related gallery of images shows how other churches in the diocese have reorganised seating and made adjustments for public worship

Latest updates

Please see the Coronavirus Info page on this website for the latest national and diocesan announcements on the safe use of churches, further to which specific guidance on church buildings follows below.

Current guidance

Regularly updated guidance on church buildings during COVID-19 is available on the national Church of England website and is linked to below. Please check you have the most up-to-date versions of guidance, for which a new version may have been published.

Permissions for temporary works

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield has published (2nd July 2020) an Additional Matters Order, which allows for the installation of internet access equipment and wall-mounted hand sanitiser dispensers without a faculty (subject to conditions).

Additional Matter permission (granted by the Archdeacon) is applied for through an online application via the Online Faculty System (OFS), described as an 'Additional Diocesan matter' at the bottom of the List B selection screen.

Please note: The DAC officers and Archdeacons can provide further advice on the process of seeking such permission.

COVID-19 vaccination centres

Building works and contractors

A specific risk assessment should be completed by the parish before contractors access a church building:

Public access

A specific risk assessment should be completed by the parish before public access to a church building:

Cleaning

Please note: A range of hygiene and cleaning supplies, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), is available to purchase through the Parish Buying website.

Churchyards

Current procedures

Public notices (for faculty applications)

The requirement under the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 (as amended) to display printed public notices at church buildings as part of faculty applications has been dispensed with during national lockdowns by the Diocesan Chancellor, to be undertaken by alternative electronic means.

Parishes at the public notice stage (following receipt of formal DAC advice) on the Online Faculty System (OFS) should follow the procedure detailed in the 'Legal Advice in Light of the Coronavirus Pandemic FAQs' by the Diocesan Registry. Please see:

DAC and adviser site visits

Site visits to church buildings undertaken by Lichfield DAC members and advisers are postponed from 6th January 2021 due to statutory restrictions on movement and gatherings, in accordance with legislation and Government guidance. Given the current national lockdown and infection rates, the National Church Institutions are advising against all work-based travel for both staff and volunteers. For further information, please see:

Getting help…

For further information or advice, please contact:

Giles Standing, DAC Secretary
01543 622540 giles.standing@lichfield.anglican.org


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