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 from churches from 27 January. 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. Bishops’ latest advice on Covid precautions

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

Holy water stoups are in use, managed according to the bishops’ guidance.

A sign of peace is not shared amongst the congregation.

Communion from the common cup remains withdrawn. 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. Communicants are encouraged to use hand sanitiser when receiving communion in the hand.

Face coverings are not required in any part of the church premises, although Government guidance recommends them in certain circumstances. Music is essential to an act of worship: face coverings were not legally required during singing prior to 27 January, although they remain recommended by the bishops’ guidance. Those attending any service or function on church premises are welcome to use masks if they wish, or not to use them. Where possible, windows and doors are opened to allow increased ventilation.

The diocesan parish cleans the church on a regular basis. Additional cleaning using proprietary cleaners is carried out as necessary.

Individuals who exhibit Covid symptoms, have tested positive, 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. The liturgy is live-streamed (where this is possible) to allow remote participation.

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 was 1.04 per thousand (104 per 100,000; 0.10%) on 13 May.
GOV.UK: 67 positive tests in the borough between 7 and 13 May inclusive†
Estimated 109 active “cases” in the borough‡
R had fallen to 0.77 on 2 May*.
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)
    Likelihood
    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 in the last year: 83, 137, 208, 267, 443, ※ 745, 956, 1021, 901, 516, 556, 697, 977, 1193, 1412, 1394, 1150, 1738, 1387, 939, 695, 658, 781, 814, 518, 358, 359, 373, 387, 384, 239, 199, 191, 171, 279, 314, 353, 367, 317, 222, 194, 334, 399, 189, 61, 34, 19, 15, 7, 4, 6. Numbers include positive tests as a result of reinfection. The testing regime changed on 1 April 2022 and numbers to the right of ※ cannot be compared to current numbers.
    Active cases are those resulting from a positive test in the last ten days, but test results can be adjusted. Previous seven-day levels in the last year: 134, 225, 304, 469, 735, ※ 1152, 1432, 1485, 1156, 723, 890, 1123, 1507, 1809, 2085, 1872, 2091, 2576, 1883, 1281, 977, 1017, 1167, 1084, 700, 548, 531, 532, 591, 491, 318, 293, 264, 274, 430, 464, 529, 549, 461, 316, 316, 573, 504, 214, 74, 46, 28, 19, 9, 8, 6. Numbers include active cases as a result of reinfection. The testing regime changed on 1 April 2022 and numbers to the right of ※ cannot be compared to current numbers.
    The peak of the “second wave” was 1543 active cases on 11 January 2021 (1.48% of the population of the borough); the peak of the “third wave” was 2577 active cases on 6 January 2022 (2.48%). Currently 32744 “episodes” of infection have been experienced by the population of Eastbourne. “Cases” represent positive tests and not necessarily symptomatic cases. “Episodes” include repeat infections and are not unique individuals’ infections within the population.
    * 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 2160 active cases (just over 20.7 per 1000).
    Previous seven-day periods estimated 2654, 2805, 2584, 7717, 7350, 5682, 5772, 3772, 2643, 3166, 4206, 3841, 3339, 2559, 2534, 4892, 5260, 2986, 2229, 1897, 2091, 2310, 2425, 2405, 4916, 2370, 1177, 1010, 1428, 1097, 843, 1636, 1265, 1107, 892, 1140, 896, 862, 1135, 1475, 761 ※ 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 each series marked with ※ cannot be compared to any other.