From the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers President
This guidance has just been published. We have been necessarily cautious in agreeing this wording with the House of Bishops Recovery Group who are very mindful of the fact that the law has not actually changed, despite the view some Cathedral choirs might be taking. It is worded to enable ringers and incumbents to get as many bells ringing as they believe is safe based on local circumstances.
Many incumbents are asking if some bells can be rung as part of their church or cathedral’s Easter celebrations, and bellringers are also keen to play part. The Central Council believes that bells are an important part of the act of worship, particularly on Easter Sunday. Unlike at Christmas, UK and Irish Governments have not introduced any relaxations of the rules on meeting indoors for Easter. Those rules are readily available and well understood.
We have established guidance on reducing the risk of ringing both to ourselves and each other, and most recently published our latest thinking on virus transmission and ventilation in ringing chambers, with chancel crossings at one end of the risk scale and small airless rooms at the other. We recommend considering all these factors when decided how many bells can be rung and for how long, in consultation with your incumbent, churchwardens or Cathedral Chapters.
One or more bells ringing on Easter Sunday will surely be appreciated by our churches and communities.
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers President
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