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COVID19- Churches and religious organisation take steps to reduce spread

The spread of COVID-19 has been increasing in the past weeks.

There are clusters identified with 2 church venue classified as clusters

The confirmed clusters as follows
  1. The Life Church and Missions Singapore ( 8,9,31,33 38)
  2. Grace  Assembly of God (48,49,51,53,54,57,58,60,61,62,63,66,67,68,70,71)
Grace Assembly of God itself has 16 confirmed cases spread over 2 locations - Tangling and Bukit Batok.

As we had seen during this course, the virus is easily transmitted. The mode of transmission is said to be similar to flu. The reason why churches are vulnerable is because of the setting. Most church services are held indoor in an airconditioned hall/room. In addition, interactions between worshippers are common during service.

Other than the 2 clusters identified, there are 3 other churches mentioned as places the confirmed cases attended.

They are

  1. Paya Lebar Methodist Church (Case 41)
  2. Church of Christ the King (Case 55 and 65)
  3. God's Kingdom Bread of Life (case 66)

The three churches are not identified as clusters although there were  2 cases from Church of Christ the King

You can refer to this detailed list of confirmed cases for reference

The Catholic Church with over 300,000 parishioners has announced the suspension of all service
City Harvest Church and Grace Assembly of God has decided to post their services online instead. The Life Church and Missions Singapore services continue at the premises with much lesser congregants.

Some religious organisation has introduced some form of restriction in the services.

  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery: Suspend all events classes, group chanting
  • Singapore Buddhist Federations: Buddist temples to reduce or scale down religious gathering
  • National Council of Churches of Singapore: Church services continue, but those who are unwell will be denied entry
  • Faith Community Baptist Church: Suspended services catered to vulnerable groups ( Children, elderly)
  • Cornerstone Community Church: Cancelled or postponed internal meetings with more than 50 people
  • New Creation Church: Deployed thermal scanners
  • Central Christain Church: Sunday services to scale down to home churches
  • Methodist Church in Singapore: Enhanced measures such as temperature taking 
  • Presbyterian Church in Singapore : Holy communion servers to wear surgical masks and disposable gloves. All large group gatherings except for worship are cancelled
  • Catholic Church: Sunday school for children are cancelled

Source : ST with additional reporting

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