Coronavirus Guidance for Property
UPDATE ISSUED ON 7TH MAY 2020
The Government is due to give an update on its lockdown guidance on
Sunday May 10. We will consider any changes carefully and update our own
guidance as necessary. The Secretary to the Conference will meet Ecumenical
colleagues later this week and District Chairs and the Warden of the Diaconal
Order on Monday May 11 and will discuss any possible changes with them.
As usual, any updates will be shared on the Methodist Church website and on our
social media channels.
Recommended Checklist for Regular Property Inspections during current
government Covid-19 Restrictions
- Weekly Inspection - An individual from
property team (or individuals on a rota basis) to visit once a week to
make an internal and external inspection. This is
bearing in mind the guidance around limited travel or movement outside your own
houses. It should therefore only be carried out as part of a daily
exercise regime or essential shopping trip. Note: This
advice has to be in accordance with the government guidance at the
- Communication -
Ensure that communication is maintained between
parties and that local Circuit and District policies are adhered to during this
time. As well, be aware of lone working practices and government
guidance on social distancing.
- Security - Ensure that all perimeter fences/railings/gates, security lighting and
other deterrents to thieves (particularly
lead theft) are maintained or repaired. Ensure that all CCTV is working and notices are in place. Smaller
rural churches might check if local neighbours, neighbourhood watch or wider
CCTV coverage can be asked to also monitor the property (where practical).
- Outside the building - Check the
gutters, flashings, downpipes and gullies are not blocked/damaged from ground level
and where practical. Check for any break-ins or vandalism.
- Inside the building - check for
any leaks to the mains water supply, other pipes running through out the
building and the heating radiators/pipes. As well, it is advisable
to run the hot and cold taps for 5 minutes in order to prevent legionella (see
FAQ below for a full checklist). If a manse is empty, it is recommended
to remove shower heads.
- Heating - Although we are moving into spring, it might be beneficial to ensure
that some heating is retained in
the building to avoid any issues with pipes bursting if there is a cold snap.
- *Weekly Checks - If the fire alarm or fire
detection system is normally checked weekly, then test it. If there is a
mechanical organ, it would beneficial to play for 15 minutes to keep the moving
parts clean and from sticking (see FAQ below for detailed steps).
- Post - Collect the post if not
redirection or suspended.
- Leaving -
When leaving the church, ensure that all doors, windows and other points of access
- Concerns - Please liaise with your
District Property Secretary or Circuit Property Steward and don’t hesitate to
contact the Connexional Property Support Team if you have any queries or
This advice should be adhered to until further government or Connexional
advice changes and movement or use of property restrictions are lifted or
Further guidance can be found on:
TMCP's Covid 19 FAQ’s section
· Official Coronavirus Guidance from the Methodist Church