Coronavirus Guidance for Property
UPDATE ISSUED ON 7TH MAY 2020
The Government is due to give an update on its lockdown guidance on Sunday May 10. We will consider any changes carefully and update our own guidance as necessary. The Secretary to the Conference will meet Ecumenical colleagues later this week and District Chairs and the Warden of the Diaconal Order on Monday May 11 and will discuss any possible changes with them. As usual, any updates will be shared on the Methodist Church website and on our social media channels.
Recommended Checklist for Regular Property Inspections during current government Covid-19 Restrictions
- Weekly Inspection - An individual from property team (or individuals on a rota basis) to visit once a week to make an internal and external inspection. This is bearing in mind the guidance around limited travel or movement outside your own houses. It should therefore only be carried out as part of a daily exercise regime or essential shopping trip. Note: This advice has to be in accordance with the government guidance at the time.
- Communication - Ensure that communication is maintained between parties and that local Circuit and District policies are adhered to during this time. As well, be aware of lone working practices and government guidance on social distancing.
- Security - Ensure that all perimeter fences/railings/gates, security lighting and other deterrents to thieves (particularly lead theft) are maintained or repaired. Ensure that all CCTV is working and notices are in place. Smaller rural churches might check if local neighbours, neighbourhood watch or wider CCTV coverage can be asked to also monitor the property (where practical).
- Outside the building - Check the gutters, flashings, downpipes and gullies are not blocked/damaged from ground level and where practical. Check for any break-ins or vandalism.
- Inside the building - check for any leaks to the mains water supply, other pipes running through out the building and the heating radiators/pipes. As well, it is advisable to run the hot and cold taps for 5 minutes in order to prevent legionella (see FAQ below for a full checklist). If a manse is empty, it is recommended to remove shower heads.
- Heating - Although we are moving into spring, it might be beneficial to ensure that some heating is retained in the building to avoid any issues with pipes bursting if there is a cold snap.
- *Weekly Checks - If the fire alarm or fire detection system is normally checked weekly, then test it. If there is a mechanical organ, it would beneficial to play for 15 minutes to keep the moving parts clean and from sticking (see FAQ below for detailed steps).
- Post - Collect the post if not redirection or suspended.
- Leaving - When leaving the church, ensure that all doors, windows and other points of access are secured.
- Concerns - Please liaise with your District Property Secretary or Circuit Property Steward and don’t hesitate to contact the Connexional Property Support Team if you have any queries or concerns.
This advice should be adhered to until further government or Connexional advice changes and movement or use of property restrictions are lifted or updated.
Further guidance can be found on: