The guidance for ringing in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland is considered separately here in line with different national rules and guidance from the respective Churches. Each country is working along its own roadmap for reducing restrictions and our roadmap is based on that. We are now at the stage of having very few restrictions imposed on us from on high, and so are in a period where we are considering our personal responsibility to our fellow ringers.
On 19 July, the ringing guidance changed to such a degree that ringing went back to as close to normal as have been since the start of the pandemic. That guidance, agreed with the House of Bishops Recovery Group, can be found here. Whilst the restrictions have largely been released, the Government is stressing personal responsibility, and our guidance contains some very specific considerations around the use of facemasks and the importance of ventilation in towers. There are no longer restrictions on how long you ring for, or with how many other people.
The Scottish Association is now providing guidance to towers in Scotland and that advice can be found here.
Ringing is returning to towers in Ireland based on local interpretation of government guidance.
The Central Council is not itself responsible for the implementation of these guidance notes, and the spirit underpinning all your decision making should be one of reasonableness and responsibility, taking into account the public health messaging from local and national leaders at all times, and in consultation with Chapters/PCCs, incumbents and churchwardens.
This guidance is being constantly updated to keep in line 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 Friday, whether or not there is a change in guidance, unless a more urgent update is necessary. Any requests for clarification can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org – it will get looked at as soon as possible.
- Guidance England Summary
One page guidance summary updated 25 August
- Wales Guidance: moving to Alert Level 0 (PDF)
Detailed guidance for Wales from 7 August onwards
- Considering the physical environment (PDF)
- All our towers are different, This gives some key things to think about, with ventilation being very important.
- Is it appropriate for an individual to ring (PDF)
Some people are more at risk than others. This sets out the factors to consider not just for the risk to yourself but the risk you pose to others.
- Process of return to ringing (PDF)
A typical process for returning to ringing or considering what you are currently doing
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.
Further detail about tower safety and risk assessments can be found on the Tower Operation tab here:
Ventilation and CO2 Monitoring
- Vaccination, and Virus Transmission in Towers (PDF)
Latest thinking on virus transmission and ventilation. An article by David Pouncey, published in the Ringing World in March 2021.
- Carbon dioxide monitoring (PDF) The rationale for monitoring CO2 levels for assessing ventilation in towers
We have received frequent requests for advice about CO2 monitors. Availability on the internet fluctuates: several makes are currently (21/8/21) available online, but the government’s decision to fund them for all English schools may affect this. Prices have greatly increased in the last few weeks unfortunately.
It is vital that any monitor should be of the NDIR type*. For recording values (rather than just having a display), look for a monitor that, as well as a real time display, has a USB or PDF output (not just a USB connection for calibration). Their high cost suggests that you may wish to consider sharing them between towers, or purchasing as Branch, Association or Guild resource.
Models that have been recommended are
Curconsa CO2 Meter**
Dracal Pico CO2 (NB ships from Canada and needs laptop)
* On why NDIR is important: “Equivalent CO2 sensors (eCO2 sensors) should not be used. These devices only measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and estimate CO2 concentration based on the concentration of VOCs in the air. They do not directly measure indoor CO2 concentration.” CIBSE Ventilation Document https://www.cibse.org/emerging-from-lockdown
** Beware of possible fake Curconsa meters being sold on Amazon at significantly lower prices to the real thing. A model called an MCH3 and supplied by TWSOUL is a fake, is not manufactured by Curconsa despite claiming to be, and may not use the all important NDIR technology.
- The UK Government guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic can be found via this link
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