The Central Council of Bell Ringers is working with the Church of England to include bell ringing in their plans to resume worship and has produced a set of guidance notes in relation to that. 

More information can be found on the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers website here.

The guidance notes cover the following:

What we are worried about (covering these five steps):

  • Identify the hazards
  • Decide who might be harmed and how
  • Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
  • Record your findings and implement them
  • Review your risk assessment and update if necessary

Making your tower as safe as possible. This covers, among other points)

  • Checking that the bells and tower are safe
  • Limiting the amount of ringing to no more than 15 minutes and leaving 72 hours before the next session
  • Restricting the number of ringers
  • Making sure people can be two metres apart
  • Ensuring there is good ventilation

Checklist for recommencing ringing

Running safe ringing sessions

  • With advice for before and after ringing and the need to notify your neighbours that you are recommencing ringing 

Can I go ringing safely? This covers, among other points

  • You can consider going ringing provided you are not in quarantine, under instruction to self-isolate, or showing any symptoms. 
  • Ringers over 70 years of age and / or those with underlying health problems should consider the potential risks of ringing in groups.
  • The need to take your own hand sanitiser and use it before and after each ring
  • Limiting what you handle that others may touch afterwards
  • Sticking to your own rope for the duration of the session
  • Avoiding touching your face whilst in the tower

How bell rings are assessing risk

  • The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has considered the general and specific risks associated with the transmission of the Coronavirus so that your bells can be rung again. This guidance note has been written to explain Incumbents and Churchwardens how bell ringers are assessing the risk of ringing bells to make it as safe as possible and recommence ringing for services again.

This story was published on Friday 26th June 2020.