COVID-19: UPDATEIMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SERVICES
In view of the recent developments regarding the spread of COVID-19, and following the advice given by the RCCG, central office, the leadership of RCCG City of David, Cambridge is updating you on the changes to our services which will take effect from Sunday, 22nd of March 2020 until further notice.
There shall now be E-Service on Sundays. This will be streamed, live from the Church auditorium and can be viewed via our YouTube channel. As advised by the public health England, we are to maintain social distance and so, we do not expect you to come to Church but to join the service from home, together with your family.
You are encouraged to please observe proper hygiene as advised and as can be seen below. Most importantly, encourage yourself in the word of God. You will not lose your loved ones; your loved ones will not lose you.
Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19)
As the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread, we would like to explain how we are responding to this global health crisis. We pray that the spread would be contained and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those already affected by the spread.
We would also like to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the spread of COVID-19, while continuing our operations as normally as possible.
Reducing the Spread of Infection
Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
In addition, please ensure that you:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;
- Throw all used tissues in the trash right away and wash your hands immediately after handling used tissues;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as your keyboard or mouse, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Dry cough; and
- Shortness of breath.
- Note that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Exhibiting these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have the coronavirus. Click this link for further guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you develop symptoms or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, call your NHS line 111 or your GP.
Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation
Stay at home if you have Coronavirus symptoms.
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.”
In the event that there is a lock down
- You can run your services via online platforms.
- Do not use a residential home as a church venue in lieu of meeting in your usual public venue.
Travel to certain areas has been restricted until further notice. For an up-to-date list of restricted areas, please seehttps://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Given the nature of this health situation and our commitment to protect our employees and workplace, be prepared to adapt your church services in the event of a surge in the outbreak or government advice on public gatherings.
The desire is that the church buildings may, where practical, remain open as places of prayer for the community, observing social distancing recommendations.
This is a rapidly changing situation. We will continue to provide you with guidance and updates as to how COVID-19 affects our organisation, including any expansion of the list of restricted travel areas as well as changes to working arrangements.
In the meantime, please continue to look out for the government advice on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and do not hesitate to contact our communications team should you have need for further guidance.
We pray that God will continue to protect and keep us all In Jesus Name. Psalm 91:1-3.
Thank you and God bless.