Coronavirus Guidance for Property
Update 3rd November 2020
We have received a few queries regarding
Remembrance Sunday. The government has stated that as an exemption from
the new National Restrictions (subject to Commons vote on Wednesday), a
service of remembrance can only take place outdoors around a cenotaph.
Therefore, no congregational services can take place on church grounds but
ministers can broadcast a service virtually. More information can be found here.
Update 2nd November 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 31 October, it has been
confirmed that new National
Restrictions will be brought into effect from
5 November 2020 (subject to a Commons vote on Wednesday) in England.*
As part of these new restrictions, places of worship and their ancillary
accommodation will have to close or remain closed for congregational worship
and all other user groups, except for the following:
Full details of all the restrictions can be found here.
- Individual Prayer
To broadcast acts of worship
Funerals (a maximum of 30 close family & friends can attend)
- Formal childcare or where part of a school (including OFSTED
registered early years settings)
- Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food
- Support Groups (click here to view the guidance)
- Place of work where the work cannot be carried out
- Repairs or construction work that is being undertaken
- Community cafés providing a take-away
Unfortunately wedding ceremonies will not be permitted to take
Until 5 November, the restrictions under the 3 tier system should be
followed. After 5 November, the National Restrictions will take precedence until they are
lifted. We will expect more details to follow over the coming week.
All such updates will be posted on the Methodist website, Signpost for
Ministry, TMCP website and the usual communications channels (including social
media) as they are made available.
*Please note this is for England only and please check local restrictions
for Scotland and Wales.