On Monday Auckland moved to Alert Level 2 with continued restrictions on gathering
We have seen COVID-19 touch multiple churches in Auckland recently. We cannot afford to become complacent in our COVID-19 fighting habits. The Ministry of Health is encouraging testing in the South Auckland area. Please take up the opportunity to be tested as part of the effort to eliminate Covid-19. President Setaita was being tested at Lotofale'ia in Mangere last Friday.
Now is the time to keep doing things right because we will be walking this path for many more months.
I was reminiscing this morning about the privilege of living very near my grandparents as I grew up. My grandfather taught me to swim, and would regularly take all us kids with him during the summers as he went for his daily swim.
Many of us are older, or with compromised health conditions, or we are lucky to have regular contact with our kaumatua and grandparents. We should look after all grandparents so the mokopuna can enjoy the opportunities that I enjoyed when I was younger.
Therefore the Methodist Church is taking an extra step over and above the government guidelines, and expects that people from different bubbles travelling in one vehicle for a Church event or Church business will also wear a face mask.
I urge you to keep current with all the things we need to do to help control COVID-19. The basics are:
- Stay home if you're sick
- Call the Healthline if you have cold or flu symptoms
- Wear a face covering
- Keep track of where you've been
- Wash your hands
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Clean surfaces that get touched frequently
- Maintain physical distancing
- Wash your hands again
- And be kind, always be kind
And the Methodist Church response is regularly updated at http://www.methodist.org.nz/caring_for_our_people/covid19/current_updates
Our foe in this battle is invisible and people are the solution, not the problem.
Yours in peace and grace
Rev David Bush