Advice for Churches – 17 March 2020

Yesterday the Government announced radical new measures to slow the spread of the Coranavirus and prevent a massive peak in cases that would overwhelm the NHS. The new advice includes:

  • Stop all non-essential social contact and stop going to places with a high concentration of people such as pubs or cinemas
  • Avoid using public transport as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Anyone living in a household with somebody who has either a persistent cough or fever must now also isolate themselves for 14 days

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed in Parliament that ‘with the deepest of regret and the heaviest of heart’ faith groups are included in the advice to avoid all non-essential social contact. Nicola Sturgeon has said that the latest measures will ‘significantly change life as we know it for a considerable period of time’.