The ACC aims to provide a safe environment for all who attend services and programs at our local churches. When it comes to the current outbreak of Coronavirus, we believe it is important to respond practically and wisely to minimise the spread of this disease and keep people safe.
We all need to be diligent in helping stop the spread of Coronavirus, particularly for the sake of those who are vulnerable and at risk. We are being guided by Government agencies with the most up-to-date information – the Department of Health is updated every day with the latest medical advice.
ACC local churches have been having discussions at the appropriate leadership levels regarding what they would do if their church finds itself in a quarantined zone.
We highly recommend that everyone takes the following precautionary measures at this time:
- Good hygiene is essential, and the best defence against infection. This includes:
- Regularly washing your hands with soap and water;
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze;
- Avoiding close contact with those who have been infected.
- Health professionals have suggested we take care with greeting each other (a smile or wave can be as welcoming as a handshake or a hug at this time).
If you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms:
- If you or your child is feeling unwell, please seek medical attention and stay home until you are well again.
- The Dept of Health has released a fact sheet Information for Parents.
- Surgical masks are only recommended to members of the community who are displaying symptoms.
- If you experience any respiratory-related symptoms or a fever (including but not limited to temperature, cough, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, a sore throat, or a runny nose), please consult your doctor and stay at home and rest (for a period of 14 days).
- If you have reason to believe you may have Coronavirus, it is important that you seek medical attention early. Make sure you call ahead so that your doctor’s surgery can be prepared. National Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
- If you are unwell and serve on a Church team, please let your Team Leader know ASAP, so alternative arrangements can be made.
- Let your church family know if you are unwell and need to be quarantined. You don’t have feel isolated. Many churches have their church services available via podcasts and livestreaming.
These measures should not to cause fear or alarm, and we are committed to ensuring your health and well-being. We remain people of faith, and will continue to pray against this disease with our hope and trust in the Lord.
“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” (Psalm 91:2)