This Statement may change as the situation regarding the virus changes.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – March 2020
What is the virus?
The virus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is usually referred to by the disease it causes, COVID-19. However, it has no connection to the original SARS outbreak in 2003.
How is WRURC dealing with the situation?
At present, there is no need to change our usual activities, except in a few ways linked to good, basic hygiene so as to minimise the risk of spread.
In Church: Holy Communion – we already use individual cups for wine. Bread will be hygienically prepared before the service – bread symbolically broken during the service will not be shared.
The congregation is encouraged to maintain sensible precautions:
- Where possible, avoid close contact with other people. Consider leaving a vacant space next to you. No hand-shaking.
- Wash hands regularly with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Alternatively use the sanitiser hand spray provided in church.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands).
- Dispose of tissues in the bins provided.
- Avoid touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes).
Will the Church close?
There is no current plan to shut the church. However, we will follow guidance from the appropriate authorities (Public Health England, Coventry City Council). If we are forced to close, then we will endeavour to notify anyone affected.
We intend to keep the church website updated (www.warwickroadurc.org.uk) and also post news on social media (Facebook, Twitter).
I feel ill. What should I do?
If you feel unwell and have any of the symptoms, the current advice is to self-isolate and phone 111. Do not visit your GP or hospital. Also, phone someone you know (friend, neighbour, church office)
What can I do?
Some members of the congregation are vulnerable and possibly will be afraid, or feel isolated. Each one of us should keep a lookout and offer support.