February 20, 2020 3.59 pm This story is over 45 months old

‘No handshaking’ advice at Lincoln Cathedral during Coronavirus outbreak

The Church of England has insisted that it is safe to use the Common cup despite Coronavirus fears

Lincoln Cathedral is reiterating advice to anyone with coughs or sneezes to refrain from handshaking during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Church of England has insisted though that there is no need to stop passing around the Common cup despite the rise in Coronavirus.

Advice, with a Coronavirus section, handed out to congregation members also reads that they should “receive Communion in one kind only.”

Meanwhile, Lincolnshire hospitals have installed Coronavirus pods and patients in Lincolnshire are getting “don’t visit your GP texts.”

A spokesperson for Lincoln Cathedral told The Lincolnite: “We haven’t banned anything, people can make up their own minds.

“It’s standard advice but we wanted to remind people and help people feel confident that they can keep coming to services.”

A screenshot of the advice.

So far, eight of the nine people who were treated for Coronavirus or COVID-19 in the UK have been discharged from the hospital.

The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England also said as of February 19 a total of 5,216 people have been tested in the UK.

An NHS spokesperson said: “Anyone returning from Hubei province in the last 14 days should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 whether or not they are showing symptoms.

“Anyone with a cough, fever, or shortness of breath who attends hospital and has recently returned from one of the specified countries, will be advised to follow signs to NHS 111 pods and call for advice, so they stay isolated from other patients and avoid causing unnecessary pressure in A&E.”