Coronavirus Guidance – 17th March 2020

In light of the statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a clarifying statement by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Monday 16 March, our guidance for all AMiE churches is that they should stop corporate worship services, small groups and all other church events. We encourage our churches to become fully digital for the time being. 

For more information on what to do if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Pastoral Practices

If you are self-isolating, please let your church know, so that they are aware and can look after you.

If a person you are in contact with requires support during a period of quarantine this can be done in several ways. Home visits should be avoided, and you should consider alternative methods of support, such as telephone or video call.

If a person is admitted to hospital with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 visiting will be restricted. In this instance you are advised to contact the Lead Chaplain who will liaise with the Infection Control Team on your behalf.

General Infection Prevention Precautions

Public Health England recommends that you should take usual infection prevention precautions including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. Download a poster from NHS England with guidance.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

To view the NHS guidance, click here

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