NEW TIER RESTRICTIONS IN ENGLAND – SEE TODAY’S UPDATE AND NEWS ITEM
The Church of England and the Church in Wales both allow bells being rung in their churches now that cathedral and church buildings are open to the public. It is on the condition that ringing is in accordance with the guidance on these pages. It has all been agreed with the Church of England Recovery Group, whose support for ringing is greatly appreciated.
However in England the introduction of the three Tier system has curtailed ringing activity in Tier 2 (High) and Tier 3 (Very High) where the legislation does not allow people to mix indoors with members of other households, overrides previously published guidance for ringing in towers in those areas.
We appreciate not all jurisdictions are the same, even within the United Kingdom. The Scottish Association has done a thorough review of the positon regarding ringing in towers in Scotland and has published its guidance here. We understand that some towers in Scotland which are in resticted areas have unilaterally made the same decision and suspended ringing.
We realise this is a fresh blow for ringers who had made a cautious comeback to ringing. We can only hope that the measures the government has introduced will reduce infection levels so that more towers can fall back into Tier 1 where ringing can continue in accordance with the guidance published here.
This guidance is being constantly inline with any changes in the Church’s own guidance and policies, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This website will be updated weekly on a Monday, whether or not there is a change in guidance. Any requests for clarification can be sent to email@example.com – it will get looked at as soon as possible.
- What are we worried about? (PDF)
Recommended background reading for all
- Making your tower as safe as possible (PDF)
Suggested for Tower captains and steeplekeepers
- Checklist for recommencing ringing (PDF)
Summary for steeplekeepers but see also detailed document from SMWG below
- Running safe ringing sessions (PDF)
Guidance for Tower Captains and Ringing Masters
- Can I go ringing safely? (PDF)
Considerations for individual ringers
- How bell ringers are assessing risk (PDF)
To be given to incumbents to explain how we are making our ringing safe
These documents are intended to be succinct and easily readable. They do not contain all the detail that could be put in them but instead focus on the key issues. A more detailed group of documents has been produced by the Stewardship & Management Workgroup and can be downloaded here.
- The UK Government guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic can be found via this link
- The Church of England guidance on Opening Cathedral and Church Buildings can be found via this link
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions were updated on 2nd October, removing questions the answers to which are now common knowledge, and adding in more recent concerned such as what to do in areas of increased lockdown and whether or not ringing on simulators is possible.
A detailed analysis from Dr Philip Barnes and Dr Andrew Kelso is available to download.
This document seeks to provide information and advice for ringers and those responsible for bell towers regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and what issues ringers and church authorities should consider in responding to changes in Government guidance as we start to ease the current lockdown. It is focused on the situation in the Church of England, which is responsible for the vast majority of churches with bells hung for ringing. While the specific advice from leaders of other churches and in other countries may vary, the basic issues for ringers and ringing are the same wherever we ring.
The latest guidance from the Church of England is available on their website.
The latest guidance from the Church in Wales is available on their website
The latest guidance from the Scottish Episcopal Church is available on their website
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy