Guidance as places of worship reopen

Guidance as places of worship reopen

Guidance as places of worship reopen

Last week a virtual seminar was held by North East Lincolnshire Council for representatives of local places of worship as they begin to reopen in midst of the ongoing pandemic.

Despite the low infection rate places of worship in our area are subject to strict government guidelines.

Some places are only permitted to open to limited numbers at a time, and with preventative measures in place.

To help guide local faith leaders and issue advice about how to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in individual settings, officers from North East Lincolnshire Council’s Public Health team held a virtual meeting for leaders from all faiths.

The event was hosted by Geoff Barnes, Deputy Director for Public Health at North East Lincolnshire Council.

He said:

“It’s very important that our messages and the Government guidance reach all of our communities and enable groups to do all they can to keep North East Lincolnshire safe and open.

“Faith groups can be a safe space for people and a place of comfort to many of our residents, so I’m pleased that we have been able to meet with faith leaders, albeit virtually, to allay any concerns and discuss appropriate measures that they can put in place to make their venues safer.

“I know a lot of our local places of worship have already reopened with measures in place. Other settings have made the difficult decision to stay closed for the time being. Each place of worship must follow the appropriate guidance and make their own judgement about whether now is the right time to reopen or not.

“I’d like to thank all those that attended the session and look forward to a continued dialogue.”

The seminar can be viewed here, via the North East Lincolnshire Council Youtube page:

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