Advice for Churches: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The following is offered as guidance to congregations across the Church of Scotland.
At Communion services, churches should already be following best hygiene practices. This includes advising parishioners with coughs and sneezes to refrain from shaking hands during The Peace, if that is part of your service, and to take only the bread if your church does not use individual cups.
If you need advice on Communion cups, or individual glasses, please contact Brian Auld, Safe Buildings Consultant.
It is also best practice for churches to have hand sanitisers available for parishioners to use.
Best hygiene practice should continue to be observed in all pastoral contacts.
Updated advice is available from NHS Scotland.
Whilst in places of worship, there is no need to avoid other worshipers who are well or to change normal faith practices – this includes taking alcoholic wine from the common cup.
Public Health Scotland and the UK Government recommend that you should take usual infection prevention precautions including:
Advice has also been issued to travellers who have returned to the UK from a number of countries.
This list of countries has been revised on 25th February and now includes parts of Northern Italy.
Anyone who has returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath should immediately: