This paper relates to the use of Christ the King Church by the Eastbourne Ordinariate Mission. The church is used by the diocesan parish but this paper does not specifically apply to them.

All legal restrictions were removed on 19 July. This protocol remains under review and will be updated as necessary.

We have completed a risk assessment (see below) and adopted practices (listed here) which are intended to mitigate the likelihood of contracting Covid-19.

Worship practices are adapted according to the Bishops’ Guidance for the Celebration of Mass as mediated through the Liturgical Directory in Divine Worship; the General Instruction to the Roman Missal; and Church law and instructions.

We continue to stream worship events, to continue to reach those who are self-isolating or particularly vulnerable.

Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance to and exit from the church and worshippers are encouraged to sanitise their hands.

Holy water stoups remain emptied.

A sign of peace is not shared amongst the congregation.

Communion from the common cup remains withdrawn; the ciborium containing wafers for consumption by the people remains covered while the words of consecration are spoken. Communion in one kind (via individual wafers) is distributed solely by the priest celebrant having cleansed his hands immediately beforehand. If there is accidental contact between the priest and communicant, he will immediately cleanse his hands again. If, exceptionally, another ordinary minister of communion assists in the distribution, the same practices apply.

The bishops’ guidance encourages the faithful to wear face coverings. Where possible, windows and doors are opened to allow increased ventilation. Music is essential to an act of worship: while singing is not discouraged because members of the congregation do not face each other, face coverings are recommended by the bishops’ guidance.

The church has an NHS venue QR code. We also provide the opportunity to contribute to the NHS Test & Trace service and keep an accurate temporary record of visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable in our setting, and we assist NHS Test & Trace with requests for the data which worshippers have provided, if needed for contact tracing and the investigation of local outbreaks.

The diocesan parish cleans the church on a regular basis in order to kill the virus as it has come into contact with surfaces. Additional cleaning using proprietary cleaners is carried out as necessary.

People who are symptomatic of Covid-19 are not allowed to enter the church. The liturgy is live-streamed (where this is possible) to allow remote participation.

Individuals who are self-isolating or in quarantine, or who are vulnerable for any reason, are expected to follow the Government guidance, rules or law applicable to them.

These principles are publicised on our website, and at the church in individuals’ worship aids and by using standardised signage.

Risk assessment

Risk: Contact with coronavirus leading to infection causing illness
Severity: 2 (Slight) (minor injury/damage/interruption)
Vaccine acceptance has dramatically reduced the severity of effects.
Likelihood: 1 (Very unlikely) Level of infection is just over 5.3 per thousand (530 per 100,000; 0.531%).
GOV.UK: 330 positive tests in the borough between 17 and 23 July inclusive†
Estimated 552 active “cases” in the borough‡
R had fallen to 0.83 on 10 July*.
Population of the Borough of Eastbourne: around 104,000 people.
Risk indicator/priority: 2 (Low)
Controls in place: As detailed above. Mitigating the existing risk is intended to lower the figure for “likelihood” and thus the risk indicator.

Risk/Priority indicator key

This is derived from that published by the Diocese of Portsmouth

  • Severity/Consequence
    1 Negligible (no injury/damage/interruption; possible delay)
    2 Slight (minor injury/damage/interruption)
    3 Moderate (injury/damage; short-term interruption)
    4 High (major injury/damage/disablement; medium-term interruption)
    5 Very high (fatality; long-term interruption)
    1 Improbable/very unlikely
    2 Unlikely
    3 Even chance/may happen
    4 Likely
    5 Almost certain
  • Risk/Priority indicator matrix
    Severity → 1 2 3 4 5
    Likelihood ↓ 1 1 2 3 4 5
    2 2 4 6 8 10
    3 3 6 9 12 15
    4 4 8 12 16 20
    5 5 10 15 20 25
    Summary Suggested timeframe
    20+ Unacceptable Stop. Take immediate action
    12–19 High As soon as possible
    6–11 Medium Within the next three working days
    2–5 Low Whenever it is viable to do so

  • Positive tests by specimen date. Latest available data; numbers might change. Previous seven-day periods this year: 402, 202, 70, 37, 20, 16, 7, 3, 6, 0, 4, 7, 8, 10, 13, 30, 43, 33, 16, 17, 48, 49, 106, 177, 377, 654, 937, 1080.
    Active cases are those resulting from a positive test in the last ten days, but test results can be adjusted. Previous seven-day levels this year: 513, 237, 86, 49, 28, 20, 9, 7, 6, 0, 8, 9, 13, 14, 24, 45, 64, 44, 22, 32, 73, 97, 166, 336, 615, 1059, 1341, 1449.
    The peak of the “second wave” was 1533 active cases on 6 January 2021 (1.5% of the population of the borough); zero active cases was first reached on 15 May 2021; currently 7691 people in Eastbourne have tested positive at least once (7.40%). “Cases” represent positive tests and not necessarily symptomatic cases.
    * Rt is a simplistic calculation of Nt+10/Nt+5 where N is the seven-day average number of new cases at ten and five days after date t. Smoothing takes the mid-point of a five-day average of Rt around date t. This calculation of Rt is not predictive.

    KCL/ZOE data can differ markedly from PHE data and currently estimates 761 active cases (just over 7.3 per 1000).
    Previous seven-day periods estimated ※ 186, 167, 131, 68, 71, 25, 15, 7, 14, 10 ※ 6, 10, 20, 32, 53, 59, 115, 495, 116, 112, 299 and 154. ZOE changes their estimate methodology from time to time and this week’s value cannot be compared to previous series; each series marked with ※ cannot be compared to any other.