Our church is aware of the threat to public health that. has now entered the UK, and is in our communities. We have planned for the impact this may have on the services and activities we run.
What is happening?
A very infectious new virus that began in China has started to spread around the world, including the UK. It’s known as Coronavirus or Covid-19. Health authorities are trying to control the outbreak. They have given advice for everyone to follow, which includes avoiding close contact with other people who might be infected.
At this stage we plan to continue as usual, but if the outbreak becomes more serious, the church may have to review some of its activities. We have plans in place for such situations, and we will let you know of any new arrangements.
Meanwhile, this post explains how to avoid catching the virus, how to tell if you might have it, and what to do about it. The virus can be more dangerous for older people or those with other health problems, so you should seek help if you think you may have caught it, so you don’t pass it on.
What to do
To avoid catching the Covid-19 virus, don’t get closer than 6 feet to people who are coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching anything they have touched. Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Then carefully dry your hands. Try to avoid touching your face, mouth or eyes until you have done this.
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness, so seek medical advice.
Who to contact
If you think you may have the virus, then you should ring the NHS helpline on 111. If you can’t get an answer, then telephone your own doctor.
It’s important that you do not visit your doctor or a hospital until you get advice over the phone. This is to avoid giving any possible infection to other people.
The church will be praying that each person remains healthy and cared for. It is our collective responsibility to demonstrate the Love of Jesus at this time in the way in which we protect ourselves and those around us and care for those affected and in need. We may change the way we do some things e.g. serving communion, and reminding people of the way in we want to serve refreshments, and more frequent cleaning of contact areas. If we must take a break from running any activity, we will publicise this through our website, social media and e-newsletter. We ask that we care for those who can’t access electronic media by keeping in touch with them where we attend the same activities. Up to date information will be available on our website www.scbc.org.uk or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry, but we won’t be able to give you any health advice. For that use the NHS 111 website.