Memorial Service after the time of pandemic
Please follow guidance on conducting worship under Covid-19 restrictions available at https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/
Welsh Government guidance states that activities such as singing or chanting should not take place given the increased risk of infection from these activities. Recorded music may be appropriate as an alternative to hymn singing. Music should not be at a volume that makes normal conversations difficult.
Welsh Government guidance also states that no blown instruments should be played; this includes organs (other than electronic organs). Another instrument such as a guitar or violin could be played. We are expecting guidance shortly on how organs can be maintained (including practising) under current restrictions and hope that playing may soon be possible.
It is permissible for an individual to sing at a service where it is an essential part of the service. Such a singer should sing behind a plexi-glass screen to protect guests. Physical distancing should be observed at all times. It is possible for more than one individual to sing over the course of the service, but this should not be more than one at a particular time and there should be separate arrangements to protect from transmission e.g separate plexi screens or cleaning of screens between each use.
The Liturgy included in this on-line text has been approved by the Bench of Bishops (July 2020) for use within the Church in Wales.
Resources for a Memorial Service after the time of pandemic.