Coronavirus Risk assessment:Waterside Catholic parish: St Michael's, Hythe &  St Bernard's, Holbury,  for opening the church

**25th July, Sunday onwards - St.Bernard's, Holbury will be open**


From 25th July - every Sunday

Mass times Waterside

Mass at St. Bernard’s, Holbury                      9 am

St. Michael’s, Hythe                                      10.30 a.m

Week day masses for the time being only at

St.Michael's, Hythe                                      9am


Risk Assessment  updated 25th July 2021

> We will be opening St.Bernard's from Sunday 25th - so naturally there will be plenty of place in the Church for our Sunday gathering to keep the distance.

Between churches  - we will have a manageable crowd.

 > Our Stewards will continue, and they will regulate the process of assigning seating for the people.

> Masks will be used as it is a closed place - inside so will be hand sanitiser at entrance - monitored by the stewards

> Cleaning will continue as we did in previous weeks

> We have made possible measures to keep our Church a SAFE place for all who come.

Risk assessment: Waterside Catholic parish 


Update 18th July 2021

Many of our safety measures have to be followed still. We need to provide our Church a Safe worshipping place for all - so individual responsibility is emphasised.


Original Risk Assessment


1. I follow the lone working guidelines.


2. All taps, toilet  all checked.


3. Certificates   - PAT test just expired contacted electrician and waiting for his date, same with fire extinguisher and Gas.



4. Health and safety walk around with all the three of us and me alone have done. Emergency lighting is working as recently done. Fire extinguisher looks good serviced and changed powder etc last year annual check is due.


5.Social distancing signage everywhere in church, entry, exit. Notices on noticeboards. Weekday mass door left open and window, seating area marked, pews closed out with tape, ribbon etc.


6. No other services on the same day as weekday Mass.

Only one mass at 9 a.m.

For cleaners mask and gloves are there.

Not used as have only 5-6 people for mass and no Sunday mass.

Private programmes like baptism, we ask the party to deep clean and Provide list for trace and track, to provide 2 stewards and 2 cleaners and instruct them. Cleaning Materials available. The cleaner asked to take away contaminated waste.


7. We have a baptism booked and told them to check signs like temperature etc of attendees.


8. Two stewards throughout for private services like baptism, advised about sanitising hands, social distancing, one in, one out instruction given. Cold, flu symptoms are asked not to come.


9. Noticeboard - capacity, instruction to participants, stewards, and cleaners. Beginning of service instruction as well.


10. No candles or votive candles, removed. Only candle at altar is put out by priest.


11. As it stands very negligible risk of damage, injury.


12. Likelihood of risk is very unlikely.


Fr Abraham