Eastgate’s Coronavirus Policy

Eastgate’s Coronavirus Policy

Last updated: 6th August 2020

The purpose of this policy is to reassure and inform you. We want to reassure you that we’re taking Coronavirus seriously and inform you of our approach and the procedures we have put in place.

The information below is intended for all users of Eastgate. The latest version of this policy will be published on our website (search: Coronavirus) and emailed where appropriate.

During July, following the easing of lockdown restrictions, we have started to reopen Eastgate and its Coffee Shop. However, we’re not operating ‘business as usual’. This policy explains how we’re currently operating.


Our policy

We will continue to follow government guidelines (see the links below) which contain advice about how to protect yourself and others. The guidelines and advice are frequently updated and we would encourage you to look at them and follow the advice.

The following information explains how Eastgate is currently operating and how you can use the building.

Booking in advance

Users of the Coffee Shop may simply turn up and use its services in accordance with the guidance below. If you wish to hire rooms, work in the building or attend church meetings you will need to book in advance. This is necessary so that we can control the number of people in the building and so that we can contact you following any Coronavirus issue at Eastgate.

Unless you are only using the Coffee Shop please don’t just turn up; we may not be able to admit you.

Inside the building

  • Separate doors are used for entry and exit; please use the correct door.
  • A one-way system is in operation in the building; please follow the arrows.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are positioned around the building; please use them.
  • Not all toilets are open; please use the ones that are.
  • Please continue to follow government advice on social distancing, face coverings and regularly hand washing.

Face coverings

You will be required to wear a face mask or face covering when you enter the building to attend a meeting, apart from when you are eating or drinking. Office staff are not required to wear them while working.

Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop is open from 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday. There are socially-distanced tables inside and outside which you may use according to the current government guidelines on who may meet together.

Room hire

We may be able to accept room hire bookings if the usage of the room complies with current government guidelines.

Church meetings

Sunday morning church meetings are not taking place in the building but Sunday evening meetings are. We will continue to run an online Sunday morning meeting to which all are welcome. Attendance at Sunday evening meetings must be booked in advance. Please see our Church Online page (see links below) for details of all church meetings.

Eastgate staff

Eastgate staff will be able to work in the building if they have arranged this in advance. Office capacity will be reduced and remote working from home will still be the norm.


How you can help

Read and follow the government’s advice (see the links below).

If you or anyone in your household experience possible Coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature, new persistent cough or loss/change to your sense of smell or taste, please follow government guidelines which, at the time of writing, are:

  • Get a test as soon as possible
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors (only leave your home to get tested)
  • Anyone you live with and anyone in your ‘bubble’ must also stay at home until you get your test result

Use NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you’re worried about your symptoms
  • you’re not sure what to do

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.


We will keep this page updated with the latest situation regarding Eastgate and Coronavirus; please refer to it for the most up to date information.


Links and contact details


Public Health England website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
Government Coronavirus main page: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Government Coronavirus guidance: www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
Government Coronavirus FAQs: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
NHS 111 online coronavirus: 111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Eastgate Coronavirus policy: www.eastgate.org.uk/coronavirus
Eastgate Church Online page: www.eastgate.org.uk/churchonline
Eastgate contact details: www.eastgate.org.uk/contact
01474 873040


Version 3.0
6th August 2020