The Essex Association of Change Ringers   President: The Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford

Cessation of ringing in some parts of Essex in response to an increase in Covid risk

Many of you will have already seen the updated CCCBR guidance on ringing, either through an email from our General Secretary, or directly from the Central Council.

In line with UK Government and Church of England guidance, ringing should cease in any area that is under a Tier 2 or 3 restriction. The Essex Association has undertaken to mirror the advice from the Central Council.

The government and church’s guidance also includes travel. People living in a tier 2 or 3 area take their level of risk with them when they travel, and so should not travel and gather indoors in Tier 1 areas. In simple terms, the legislation states that we should not travel from a high or very high risk area (Tiers 2 or 3) to a medium risk (Tier 1) area to gather, and sadly this includes ringing. This is relevant in some parts of the Essex Association, where Southend and Thurrock are still at a moderate (Tier 1) risk level, and ringing may continue. It's also relevant to ringers in our western districts, some of whom travel frequently to Herts towers.

This is going to be a massive disappointment to many (me included). All my fingers and toes are crossed hoping that the restrictions reduce infection rates, so that we can get back to our towers.

I am happy to answer any questions about this - if I don't know the answer, I know who to ask who will. You can also ask any of your district officers or association officers.

Andrew Kelso
Association Master

(Saturday 17 October 2020)

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