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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Mothers’ Union

The love and prayers of Worldwide President, Sheran Harper, Worldwide Board Members and staff go out to all who are combatting, or preparing to combat, the COVID-19 virus across the globe.

 

18 Mar 2020
 
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Mothers' Union


Mothers’ Union takes the safety and wellbeing of our members, volunteers and staff extremely seriously, and all are encouraged to follow the guidance of their government and local Church in deciding how to respond. The WHO is also a valuable source of information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

Information for Mothers’ Union in Britain and Ireland


We continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 closely and are following Government advice (UK).
Guidance in the Republic of Ireland is available at: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus
 

Government Advice in the UK as at 14/09/2020

 
The government has a plan to control the virus and protect the public, as well as keeping the economy and society open.
 

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

  • HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

 

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down:

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce.

There will be a limited number of exemptions. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together.

Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law. See refreshed guidance on social contact, including the exceptions to the 6 person limit

 

The government has also published simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance.

 

These measures apply to England – but there may be different rules if you live in an area under local lockdown and you should check those rules here. If you are in WalesScotland and Northern Ireland, different rules may apply.

 

Mothers’ Union Meetings

Whilst the UK Government guidance has been revised to allow certain activities to take place in church buildings, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
 

As a responsible organisation, we will continue to follow the Government's advice. The Government's guidelines for meetings can be found here.