Re-opening of Methodist Buildings on the Isle of Man

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In response to communications which the leaders of Churches Alive in Mann have had with government, the public health department have issued the following advice:

"The Isle of Man now has, at most, very low levels of COVID-19 circulating in our community here and that means that currently all of us are at very low risk of catching the virus. As there is now only a very low risk of catching COVID-19 here, people are advised (including the clinically vulnerable groups) to return to more normal activities — including exercise and social interactions. Whilst it can never guarantee that anyone is 100% safe from any risk of infection and therefore everyone must make the decision that feels right for them based on how they feel about the very low risk of COVID-19 compared with the benefits of return to more normal activities. It remains important that people observe good hygiene with regards to hand hygiene and those who are ill should consider staying at home and not spreading infections to others. If Covid-19 any symptoms of infection is suspected people are advised to contact 111 for advice".

In view of this and other changes announced by the Chief Minister in his update on June 15th, it is now possible to begin the reopening of Methodist Church buildings and the reintroduction of public worship.

This will be done in an orderly fashion and we now have permission from Connexional officers in the UK to proceed, ahead of the rest of the Connexion, in line with advice and guidance issued by the Isle of Man Government.

Key Dates

On June 28th we will recommence public worship by holding a united service in each section, at the following centres:

North: Sulby
East: Onchan
West: Peel
South: Port Erin
Douglas: Trinity

There will be no restrictions on the numbers who can attend.

In order to allow time for the making of a new preaching plan we will hold a second united service in the same centres on July 5th and this will be a service including communion.

From the receipt of this guidance document, individual chapels can begin to make plans, in consultation with their minister, to reopen for public worship from July 12th. This doesn't mean that chapels have to reopen then if they are not comfortable to do so but this will be the earliest date.

Church leadership teams have been sent more detailed guidance about the process that has been agreed to do this safely, and arrangements for the use of our buildings by outside groups and for social activities.

Our reopening plan is obviously dependent on there being no change to government advice and no upsurge in infections following the relaxing of the lockdown.

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