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COVID-19

Updated: Apr 13

Government guidance for the safe use of places of worship was withdrawn on 29th March 2022. This means:


  • There are no longer limits on the number of people you can meet; and no restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

  • Legal requirements for social distancing no longer apply and you will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with.

  • There are no legal restrictions on the number of people that can attend a place of worship, including at significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs, private baptisms, and naming ceremonies.

  • There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. However the government advises wearing a face covering

  • when you are coming into close contact with someone at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 or other respiratory infections

  • when COVID-19 rates are high and you will be in close contact with other people, such as in crowded and enclosed spaces

  • when there are a lot of respiratory viruses circulating, such as in winter, and you will be in close contact with other people in crowded and enclosed spaces

Our request, therefore, is for visitors and congregants to consider wearing a mask to keep everyone safe, and to use the hand sanitiser at the door. For more details about living with COVID-19, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-safely-with-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19


The circumstances in our parish continue to inform our local decision-making; but our building is also a place of work and and therefore, by law we must protect workers and others (including contractors, volunteers and customers/users) from risks to their health and safety. This includes risks from COVID-19, which is a workplace hazard, and should be managed in the same way. This includes:

  • completing a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks of COVID-19 in the workplace

  • identifying control measures to manage that risk

Our current risk assessments can be found at https://www.otterystmary.org.uk/file-share, from the 'Risk Assessment' folder.


Our Sunday morning services are at 10:30 a.m. There is an 8 a.m. (Book of Common Prayer) service on the 2nd Sunday of the month; and Evensong at 18:30 on 4th Sunday of the month. Midweek Communion can be taken at 10 a.m. once per month on Thursday. We also hold Morning Prayer at 08:30 a.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays; and Evening Prayer at 5pm Mondays thru Thursdays. See our web page https://www.otterystmary.org.uk/services .


The church is open to visitors during the day, but closes before dark.


Our Coffee & Chat spots on Tuesday morning are running, and we also run a Tots' Time for pre-school children during term-time (details here).

Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms

Government guidance on this topic was withdrawn in 1st April 2022


There is no longer a legal maximum number for attendees for the above events.


If you have any questions about a baptism or wedding that you have booked, or wish to book, please email the church office (churchoffice@otterystmary.org.uk) or phone between 10am and 12 noon (07749 644657) for the latest information and for help if you need it. If you receive an answerphone message, please leave your contact details for us to get back to you.


If you are lonely and would simply like to talk to someone, please do get in touch.


In the meantime, be assured that prayers are being offered for our community by the churches in Ottery.


The Churchwardens


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