'The Unitarian Church seemed to be very on top of the covid requirements, it felt very safe to be in your hands'
- Arka funeral directors
At Brighton Unitarian Church we take your safety extremely seriously. We have now opened our church as a place of worship and as a venue and rehearsal space for covid-secure events. However, we are erring on the side of caution and we have put in effect some measures to keep everyone safe. We are also keeping a close eye on the reinfection rate and on public health advice.
This page will be updated if there are any changes, last updated 14/07/21.
What changes you need to adhere to
Please do not enter the church within 14 days of you or your household having had a positive COVID-19 test or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Face masks are encouraged inside our building and essential if capacity goes over half.
Windows must be open whilst you're inside the church
Sanitise your hands on the way in, we have sanitiser stations by every door
Entering the church
There are sanitiser stations by all entrances and exits, we ask you to use them when entering our building. You don't have to Track and Trace when entering any longer. Face masks are encouraged inside our building and are essential if you go over half capacity.
Please do not enter the church within 14 days of you or your household has had a positive COVID-19 test or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Inside the church
Sanitiser stations by all doors must be used when entering the building. Windows must be kept open whilst the church or hall is in use.
Singing and wind instruments are now allowed again, however, we encourage social distancing for this activity, the government recommends 3 meters or wearing face masks where that isn't possible. The legal limit of 6 people singing indoors doesn't exist any longer.
Our Sunday Services are now a hybrid service were you can come inside the church (no booking required) or watch at home online. If you would like to go on the email list for invitations to our services on Zoom please email the church.
Our church can now go back up to full capacity which is;
Church 140 standing - 110 seated
However, events that go over this capacity will have to wear masks still.
What hirers have to do
If your event goes over the capacity minimum for masks then we will need you to fill out a COVID-19 Risk Assessment which will need to be returned to us at least a week before the event. This will determine if your event can go ahead depending on your risk assessment.
As the event organiser, you will have to make sure all guidelines (as above) are being met.
We provide all cleaning equipment which is left out in each room in a grey box. All surfaces that have been touched, door handles and surfaces in toilets will need to be cleaned.
If your event has to be cancelled because there's been a rise in the R-rate then we can refund your deposit in full or move your event to another date. We will not keep any money due to a cancellation caused by the pandemic.
What are the changes from 19th July 2021?
No more capacity restrictions due to social distancing. That means that our hall capacity goes from 16 to 45 and our church goes from 28 to 140. However please see above and what our rules are on half capacity.
Face masks are now not compulsory. However, if you go over half capacity then masks are compulsory inside our church.
No more Track and Trace
Singing is back and wind instruments in groups bigger than 6. However, for your safety we ask you to keep 3 meters apart (government's advice) or if not to use a face mask or a partition.
Our kitchen can open again. Finally, we can have a cuppa tea. All hirers must bring their own supplies, you can use our crockery but you need to wash this by hand at the end of your session and put everything away. The kitchen must remain as you found it. We have a fridge which you can use and a microwave but we have no oven.
It is not essential for the hirer to provide a risk assessment any longer unless your event goes over half capacity.
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