NEW COVID Guidelines – Enhanced Level 4 8 January 2021
Following the announcement from the Scottish Government, we have all moved into lockdown at Enhanced Level 4 from Tuesday 5 January. Previous guidelines for Level 4 have therefore been superseded.
The main difference for us in the Church of Scotland is that all churches must now remain closed for public or private worship. Funerals continue with a limited number of mourners (20) and weddings (5) but baptisms are temporarily suspended. Some denominations have written to the press in opposition to the closure of churches for public worship, but the Church of Scotland decision is to support the government in the lockdown and its efforts to curb the transmission of Covid. The Principal Clerk, George Whyte has written:
‘The whole thrust of the lockdown is to stay at home – and only to leave home when it is essential to do so because it is when we are near other people that the virus has the chance to spread. Given the dangers of the moment and the promise of the vaccines, the Covid Group (of the Church of Scotland) believe that the absence of the already very restricted physical worship services is a price worth paying to keep people safe from an infection which, in its new form, is threatening to run out of control.’
It has been difficult to keep published guidance updated in such a rapidly changing situation and I apologise for out-of-date details in both the January Magazine and on our website. Similarly, the Church of Scotland website is in the process of being updated as current links refer to earlier guidelines. I am told that a revised Summary Table for Enhanced Level 4 is being prepared and I will post it on our website as soon as it becomes available.
Meanwhile, we are in lockdown. Do not leave the house except for essential purposes and try to limit your exposure to other people as much as you can.
John Smith (Locum) and I are on the end of the telephone (John: 07710 530193) and there are volunteers who are on hand to help with essential shopping and prescriptions if you need assistance. Do not hesitate to call us if you need help.
Revd Pamela Strachan
Interim Moderator (Eddleston l/w Peebles:Old)
Tel: 01899 830 423
Mob: 07837 873 688
Eddleston contacts: Jo Oliver (Mob 07867 977147, Landline 01721 730696).
EddlePhone number (07444 438732)
Peebles Covid-19 Mutual Support Group Phone 0300 100 1800
Gillian Scott with Scottish Borders Council: 07786 477 950