Saturday, March 14, 2020

Episcopal Diocese of Virginia cancels gatherings at all churches over outbreak

From Virginia-

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia announced on March 12 that they would be canceling services at all their churches for the next two weeks as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, which has been confirmed in at least 18 patients across Virginia.

In a letter to the public, Bishop Suffragan wrote,"We can't stop the spread, but we can slow it, thereby saving lives and helping ensure that our health care system remains effective. Social distancing is our best means of slowing the spread." 

The diocese will reassess the situation at the end of the two weeks and adjust as necessary.
According to that letter, churches may remain open, unless told otherwise by local health officials, and staff may come to work. 

You can find the full letter from the diocese below:

"Dear People of the Diocese of Virginia,

As the Coronavirus spreads, we are called as people of faith to protect one another, particularly the most vulnerable among us. As a step toward doing this, Bishop Brooke-Davidson, three diocesan staff members and I met virtually with 185 of our clergy this afternoon and conveyed to them the decision that we will not physically gather for worship in our church buildings for the next two weeks, between now and March 25. Toward the end of the two weeks, we will assess the situation and adjust as necessary."
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