Church of Scotland - Advice on Coronavirus
The following is offered as guidance to congregations across the Church of Scotland as of 11 March 2020.
At Communion services, churches should already be following best hygiene practices. During this time congregations may choose to avoid touching or shaking hands while sharing the Peace, if that is your practice. Some churches are making the British Sign Language sign for peace while saying words of peace instead. Speak to your minister or worship leader who can advise you.
If you need more 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.
The threat posed by COVID-19 has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as “moderate”. This permits the Scottish Government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.
NHS Scotland have prepared a poster which could be displayed at your building entrance to give advice to visitors. The purpose of this poster is to protect the visitor and those within the building.
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 25 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:
Below are two posters which you may wish to display in your buildings.
This page will be updated when new advice becomes available from NHS Scotland and the UK Government.
Several churches live stream or post their services online. You can find a list of these on our Kirk services online page.
The Church intends to issue briefings via the website and email on a regular basis, given rapidly changing circumstances and announcements from Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Government. The most recent advice from Health Protection Scotland can be found here.