COVID GUIDANCE FROM THE SNU
- Face coverings – While the requirement for face coverings by law has been lifted, the government says that it is “expected and recommended” that people should wear a face covering in crowded public settings (unless exempt.) The Spiritualists’ National Union advises churches to ask visitors to continue to wear face coverings to protect others, particularly in smaller and/or busier spaces. The Chief Medical Officer said they should be worn indoors, in any situation which is crowded, or where people are close together.
- Social distancing – The requirement for social distancing has been removed. The government provides “cautious guidance” which means “minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.” The Spiritualists’ National Union advises churches to maintain a space between the speaker(s) of a service and the nearest or front row of seating. Churches may find that maintaining some space between seats will be of comfort to some individuals. Larger churches may wish to adopt a more spacious layout of seating wherever possible, again for the comfort of some individuals.
- Rule of Six – The limit of group size that may attend together has been removed.
- Lifecycle Events – Limits for numbers attending has been removed.
The virus is still prevalent in our communities, and the current wave of infections is expected to rise significantly. It is vital that we continue to make use of hands, space, face and fresh air as much as possible. Keeping doors and windows open is also important.
Government contact tracing systems remains in place, and churches should continue to record contact details of those who attend (or use a QR code) as previously advised.
As more information is released relating to places of worship, we anticipate being able to provide firm information relating to refreshments, food, singing and in particular how the changes affect healing within churches.
As per the SNU Recommendations and your safety, our committee have made the decision to adhere to this advice especially as the numbers of infections are rising.
We will continue to please ask that from the 19th July, face coverings are still worn, unless exempt, Hand gel on entry, social distancing and track and trace kept in place to minimise the risk,
Thank you for your understanding
SNU HEALING DIRECTIVES AFTER JULY 19TH
IMPORTANT INFORMATION The current policy of only distant healing being allowed to be conducted by SNU registered HM’s is to stay in force for the time being. The exception being if the HM and the patient are from the same household or extended social bubble. This policy will be reviewed by the NEC at its first post-AGM meeting being held on the 6th August. Whilst we know that most of the government restrictions are being removed in England from the 19th July, we must continue to act in a responsible manner. Covid has not gone away and at this time where new infections are on the increase we must be patient and only offer either distant or absent healing as our churches reopen.
A notice will be put up soon on the re -opening of our healing sessions in the Centre, this will be conducted under Covid rules and recommendations from the SNU.