Posted: Monday 30th March 2020
It has been a week since the Prime Minister announced new stringent measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the UK, lessen the impact on the NHS and support vulnerable people in our communities. Since then, we have all been living very different lives and continue to change our daily tasks to ensure we are adhering to the new regulations.
Today, I want to reflect how faith communities across Avon and Somerset have made changes in response to the pandemic and how they continue to support local people during these unprecedented times.
I understand that many mosques, churches, synagogues and gurdawaras have closed across the force area; I know this must have been a very difficult decision at a time when many will need the comfort, support and solace of their faith and the communities to which they belong.
However, my spirits were lifted to hear that places of worship were willing to do this in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus as much as possible across our area and help us safeguard the most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities. It has been wonderful to hear how faith communities have been communicating with each other to be united in their approach in following the national Public Health guidelines and to ensure we are all standing shoulder-to-shoulder to tackle this global public health emergency.
I know many religious organisations are creatively using technology and hosting virtual services, sermons and prayers to ensure local people can still worship during these challenging times. For many, faith communities are a light in the midst of all this gloom and I welcome the example they are setting to ensure communities are minimising the impact of the pandemic and relieving the burden on an our already strained public services. I would sincerely like to thank our faith communities from the bottom of my heart and look forward to seeing how they continue to support local people over the next few weeks.