World Mission Agency – Winners Chapel International Public Health Press Release
World Mission Agency – Winners Chapel International takes very seriously the health and well-being of our members, staff, and individuals in our immediate community and the public at large.
It is important to balance the need to take sensible precautions and plan for a possible increase in the outbreak, yet not to cause panic. At present, there is no significant community spread of the disease. Nevertheless, it is prudent to ensure our practices and plans are in place should the outbreak get worse.
To this end, we have put measures in place at our locations in line with the published NHS suggestions that can be found on the NHS website here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Current advice from Public Health England
The Government has published a coronavirus plan, some of the suggestions in the plan include the below listed. We admonish and encourage all our members and visitors to our premises to follow it.
Whilst in places of worship, there is no need to avoid other worshipers who are well or to change normal faith practices. 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 or/and showing any of the symptoms, stay at home, do not attend work, school or any public place and call 111 rather than going to the GP
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
As a church family we have
- Further emphasized our normal practice of good hygiene at our premises and at all our gatherings
- Put up informative and good techniques posters around our premises.
- Provided hand sanitizers at our church and other buildings entrances. We encourage all our members and visitors to use these as needed
- Informed our pastors and counsellors to follow advice from staff at care homes or hospitals when visiting members
- Put in place round the clock phone support as needed.
Our guidance is kept under constant review. The threat posed by COVID-19 has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as ‘moderate’. This permits the Government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.