UPDATE: 17th March 2020
In light of the press conference yesterday afternoon from the UK Government advice from them now states:
- Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. People who have to isolate themselves should ask others for help
- Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. This is particularly important for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women
- People should work from home where they can
- People should avoid places like pubs, clubs and theatres. This applies especially to those in London which is "a few weeks ahead" of the rest of the UK
- People should stop all unnecessary travel
- By the weekend, those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks
We are waiting for the Church of England to update their guidance and we will filter any information from them as soon as we receive it.
UPDATED: 13th March 2020
This morning we have received updated guidance from the Church of England regarding Church Services during the Corona virus outbreak.
1) Do not under any circumstances attend church services or gatherings if you have a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature.
2) We are only offering one type of communion (bread).
3) Hand Shaking is suspended for the Peace. Follow instructions from the Vicar at each service.
4) There will be no 'laying of hands' for blessings.
5) There will be no passing around of the collection plate during the offertory hymn. Instead this will be left out for you to add to after the service. Follow the instructions of your churchwardens.
6) We are suspending the post-service refreshments - there will be no tea, coffee, biscuits or cakes on offer after any of the services in the team.
If you have hand gel, please bring it with you and use. Sneezes and coughs should be caught in a tissue and placed in your bin. Follow the UK Government Guidelines at all times.
The Yattendon Tea Dance scheduled for this coming Tuesday has been cancelled.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and continue to pray for all those affected by this:
the defence of those who trust in you
and the strength of those who suffer:
look with mercy on our affliction
and deliver us through our mighty Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Hermitage Team Ministry
The Hermitage Team of Churches are following the guidance from the Church of England and the UK Government regarding Corona Virus and how to stop the spread of the disease.
Your health, safety and welfare is paramount to us as a team and we will actively ensure we commit to all best practices given to us by the above bodies.
Firstly, from Sunday 8th March we will be following this guidance:
Secondly, we will review this and make changes as an when revisions are made by the Church of England and the UK Government, keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page (@hermteamministry) for the most up to date information.
Finally, the Church of England have issused a 'Frequently Askes Questions' document on the virus and you can read it here: The Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs 200302.pdf