Covid 19 and lockdown

Due to the COVID19 pandemic we have suspended services. As lock down is eased many will have questions about when services will resume. We have tried to anticipate those questions and provide short answers. If you would like further information, please get in touch through our contact page.

We are allowed to hold services, so why is the Kirk still closed?

We are only able to hold very limited services under the current phase of lock down. A maximum of 50 people (which would require a booking system to be set up), all wearing face coverings, no singing and socially distanced seating. We would have to maintain a record of everyone attending for the Track and Trace system in case there is a local spike. We cannot have refreshments after the service and are advised that toilets should not be generally available. With these restrictions feel it is in the wider interests of the community to refrain from holding services until more people can attend and fewer restrictions imposed, this may be more likely in Phase 4 of the easing of lock-down

What about weddings and funerals?

We can host funerals and weddings, but there are significant restrictions on the size of these. Currently (Phase 3) there is a limit of a maximum of 20 attending and, as you can imagine, many have decided to delay weddings until these restrictions are eased. Those going ahead with these events still face the same restrictions as services in terms of no singing, face coverings, social distancing and Track and Trace protocols.

Can other meetings happen?

Only a limited range of ‘essential’ groups and activities can happen in the halls and these are specified by the Scottish Government. These restrictions are regularly reviewed and there is specific guidance on these on the Sottish Government website.

Presently there is a limit on the number of different members of households that can come together and total cap on those gathering. We know that the groups that meet in the church find the fellowship and relationships essential to their general wellbeing. However, until Government limitations are reviewed, these is nothing we can do about it.

When we do go back what might it be like?

We are no real way of knowing and answering that question, it will very much depend on the nature of the restrictions in place at the time when we feel it is safe enough and appropriate to reopen for public worship. We are anticipating that social distancing will be with us for some time, as may restrictions on singing and face coverings.

We have been working hard to develop Health and Safety procedures and processes for the when we can open. There will be sanitation stations, areas of closed seating. We may have to change the way people access the building as well as leave it. Currently, (Phase 3) we are being advised not to have the toilets available.

When will things get back to normal?

We may have to adjust to a ‘new normal’ for some time and indeed some of the changes imposed may not be relaxed and become permanent changes. The most conservative view is that a more normal approach to services may not be possible until a vaccine or treatments are developed and proven to be effective.


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