17/0/3/20 Advice Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As you are aware, the Government has updated its advice in relation to the Coronavirus.

The latest guidance from the UK Government can be seen by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Matt Hancock MP, Secretary for Health and Social Care said in response to a question yesterday at the House of Commons that the guidance included meetings held in our churches. Here is the link to his response:  https://youtu.be/Ubm2aLpmLwU

Therefore, in light of this guidance we are advising our Churches not to meet on Sunday. I am aware that this will cause disappointment and upset for many people but it is essential that we follow office advice in order to safeguard all.

What are the implications of this?

Services:  Services should not be held on Sunday. Please consider the possibility of holding services on line. Of course, this will not be possible for all and if it is not possible to use the web, then please remember about the provision that is available on the TV and radio. It is our intention to publish details about services that are being live streamed, devotional resources and a list of devotional TV and radio programmes as soon as possible.

Mid-week activities should not be held including children and youth work.

Pastoral Visits: Please ensure that pastoral visits are appropriate and essential. Please respect the concerns of others and consider the need to safeguard those who belong to vulnerable groups.

Funerals: If there is a desire to hold a private service in the chapel, the service should be confined to a private service for the closest members of the family in consultation with the funeral director. The chapel should be cleaned prior to and following the service and a supply of anti-bacterial hand gel be made available. No refreshments should be provided.

National Day of Prayer:  22 March 2020: Cytûn are supporting a call to a National Day of Prayer on Sunday, 22 March 2020 which will focus on the spread of COVID-19. Please see the details by following the link: http://www.cytun.co.uk/hafan/en/covid19/

We will update the advice when new guidance is issued.

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