Coronavirus: contingency planning and legislation

On 10 February, the Diocese of London published a Guidance note in the event of Pandemic Virus which concluded:

“If the risk is raised, or you wish to, you could plan for business continuity. The ‘Reasonable worst case scenario’ is a tool used in emergency planning. RWCS for a pandemic is that we may have a period of up to 14 weeks when a large part of the population is ill. Though the risk is moderate, we could ask now how would the parish or church community function if up to 50% of its people were off sick?”

Much of the current advice from the Church of England is based upon the premise that there is no immediate risk or need for action, but suggests that it is as well to be prepared for what might happen. This advice includes: Continue reading