Safe Use of Places of Worship

LIFTING THE LOCKDOWN  17th May to 20th June:

We may now have congregations, with one metre distancing inside the church, with all the usual things in place e.g. wearing of face masks, good ventilation, hand sanitising, etc.

The number of people allowed in the church at any service (including funerals) is:

St. Thomas's, Woodbridge – maximum 70 people,

and St. Clare's, Framlingham – maximum 50 people.

Stand-alone Baptisms (that is a Baptism ceremony outside of the Mass): a maximum congregation of 30 people is permitted.

Holy Communion is to be received under one kind only. It is now permitted for the priest to announce “The Body of Christ” to each individual communicant before they receive the Blessed Sacrament.

Holy Communion may be received on the tongue but those who wish to do so are asked to wait until the end of the Communion procession and to receive the Blessed Sacrament after the people who have received the Sacrament in their hand.

The Prayer of the Faithful can be reintroduced.

The Sign of Peace remains suspended.

Singing by the congregation during Mass remains suspended.

Votive tea-lights may be lit.

Holy Water stoups are to remain dry.



Government Guidance for Places of Worship

You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle inside the church building with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.  You should maintain strict social distancing at all times.


  • We ask that you do not enter the church if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times, both inside and outside the church building.
  • Face coverings must be worn in the church at all times by people over the age of 10, unless they have a medical exemption.
  • Please sit in designated seating, and as guided by our church stewards.
  • All surfaces have to be cleaned and sanitised when the church is closed.  Please try to avoid touching things in church unnecessarily.
  • Track & Trace details are being recorded.  Please bring with you your name and contact details written on a piece of paper and leave it in the basket provided in the church.
  • Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.


SOCIAL  DISTANCING.  Please remember that it is the responsibility of us all, both as individuals and as a church community, to follow the Government’s guidelines in this area and to ensure that we are respectful of the needs and concerns of others at all times.  When inside the church building we are asked not to mingle with other people unless they are from our own household or support bubble.


CONTACT  TRACING.  In order to support the NHS Test and Trace programme, we are taking contact details (name and telephone number) for all parishioners and visitors to the parish, as well as recording the date and the time of the service you attended in St. Thomas’s Church at Woodbridge or in St. Clare’s Church at Framlingham.  One name per family is sufficient.  Please write these details on a piece of paper before you come to Mass, and bring it with you.  Alternatively, you may give your name and contact detail to the Stewards on duty when you arrive.  In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation for 21 days before securely disposing of or deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, in the event that it is needed to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes or pass them on to anyone else.  However, giving contact details is optional and is not a condition of attending your place of worship.


Fr. Edmund Eggleston.

Parish Priest.

Updated 22nd May, 2021.

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