The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the Coronavirus risk to the public from low to moderate so we thought it would be helpful to send out some advice. At Tees Valley Community Church we are conscious of threat and continue to monitor and respond to advice from Public Health England. We are aware that we have responsibilities as a large church, a public venue and an employer to make sure that we help prevent the spread of the virus.
So what is the advice and what are we doing? Here are some headlines:
Meetings and Gatherings
Current government advice is that there is no need to avoid public places. ‘You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional’ – NHS Website. Until advice changes, we will continue to meet on Sundays and at other times during the week.
We all need to take responsibility to keep ourselves, and others at those gatherings, healthy. Please do follow the NHS advice (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/)
- DO wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- DO always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- DO use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- DO cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- DO put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- DO try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- DON’T touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- For the sake of the wider community, if you have concerns about your own health, please consider staying away from Sunday meetings and Community Groups.
We are in the process of purchasing large containers of hand sanitizer which will be located at each entrance to the Oakwood Centre. As these become available, please do use them as you enter the building.
Greeting One Another
There are different sensitivities about how we should greet one another and whether a handshake or hug is appropriate. Please can we be considerate of one another and not assume that others are comfortable with our normal greetings.
We will continue to share communion together, but we are exploring options for how this is served.
If you need to self-isolate, please contact your community group leader or the church office. We want to make sure that everyone is cared for and practically supported.
It’s our greatest weapon so let’s use it! Keep prayerful for one another and the nation and call on God to reverse the spread and impact of this virus.