Advice for our Selwyn Centre communities
As the COVID-19 situation is changing on a daily basis, individual parishes or Ministry Units may decide on voluntary closure of their particular Selwyn Centre to protect their community and other groups within the church.
There are Selwyn Centres that may choose to remain open for guests who would like to attend. It is the choice of guests and their families whether to attend their Selwyn Centre, or to stay away because of health reasons or concerns about being amongst a group.
Whatever the decision, the vulnerable population within the Selwyn Centre community will continue to need social contact and support during these uncertain times.
For Selwyn Centres that choose to remain open, they will be increasing their measures to prevent the risk of infection, including practising good hygiene and maintaining distance between people. Recommended practices include avoiding close contact or handshaking, regular handwashing (for at least 20 seconds with soap and water) or using hand sanitizer, taking care when handling food, and generally increasing their use of cleaning products to wipe surfaces, door handles and light switches, for example. They may also display a notice on the door to screen visitors before allowing entry to the Centre and, when greeting people, reminding them to hand wash or use sanitizer.
For those Selwyn Centres who temporarily close, their coordinators will be considering a range of ways to maintain regular (at least weekly) contact with guests, in order to check on their health and wellbeing and make sure that they are in contact with family, friends or their GP, as necessary.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing and difficulty breathing. If any of our Selwyn Centre community are suffering with cold- or flu-like symptoms, we recommend self-isolation for 14 days until you are clear of symptoms. Stay at home, avoid public gatherings and events, and follow good hygiene practices - cover your mouth and nose when sneezing with disposable tissues, then wash hands or use hand sanitiser, and maintain distance from others.
If people are concerned they can phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact their GP, phoning ahead of their visit. Further information is available here or you can visit the new Government website https://covid19.govt.nz/