Balconies and Galleries

Balconies and galleries can now be used during worship and life events for seating. Those sitting in the balcony or gallery must maintain 1m physical distance unless they are sitting as a small family group and all other control measures such as the wearing of a face covering, and cleaning and disinfection must be followed. The safe occupancy level for each balcony and gallery must be calculated and included in the total occupancy level for the building. Congregations should only use balconies and galleries if it is safe to do so and ensure that pinch points or bottlenecks are not created by those accessing or leaving the balcony.

Church organists and AV technicians who use the church balcony or gallery during services and life events can continue to do so.