16 March 2020
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UCKG Statement On COVID-19

COVID-19 has been declared an international pandemic. While it is necessary to take it seriously, it is important not to panic. Be informed and take the instructions to prevent the spread of the virus seriously: wash your hands with soap regularly, practise social distancing, and seek medical help if you are ill. 

To answer some of the questions we have received from members, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) has prepared this information. The UCKG in South Africa has already postponed a planned trip to the Temple of Solomon in Brazil and implemented a number of procedures at churches to help prevent the spread of the virus.

To answer some of the questions we have received from members, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) has prepared this information. These include:
• Displaying factual information from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD).
• Providing hand sanitiser, where possible to disinfect hands and help prevent infection spreading.
• Pastors and volunteers have been instructed not to have close physical contact with each other and members during services.
• Social distancing is an important way to prevent infecting others. Do not shake hands with anyone. Rather wave or bump elbows.
• Everyone is asked to cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Please use a tissue and dispose of it or cough into your sleeve if you do not have a tissue available.
• We are holding more services to avoid large crowds. On Sunday 15 March, the President banned any gatherings of more than 100 people.
• All visits to Correctional Centres have been suspended. We will comply with these restrictions, and our teams will continue to pray for inmates albeit not at the Centres themselves.
• All non-essential travel has been cancelled by the President. We will comply with these restrictions.