Following the recent announcement by the First Minister (3rd August 2021) there are two main practical implications:

    1. The legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed on 9 August.
    2. Some protective measures will remain in place such as the use of face coverings indoors and the collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect.
      (https://www.gov.scot/news/scotland-to-move-beyond-level-0/)

In practical terms, we will continue to use the booking system with the sole purpose of keeping the record of attendees for 3 weeks as required by law. Those records are safely and securely kept in the parish and are not shared with anyone unless requested by Test and Protect in case of a local outbreak. Such a request has never been made since its introduction in July 2020. Keeping a 1-metre distance is advised but it’s left to individuals to follow. We strongly recommend doing so whenever possible.

To summarise, from Monday 9th August, when attending church, you must:

  1. Use face covering – unless under the age of 5 or exempt on medical grounds; for more details see https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-use-of-face-coverings/pages/face-covering-exemptions.
  2. Use hand sanitiser when entering the church.
  3. Provide the parish with your contact details (full name and phone number will suffice) either by booking a pew online (recommended option) or on entry. We collect the contact details of one person representing his or her household.