Our Social Responsibility In View of COVID-19
This page provides key information and advice for the church community and other stakeholders. We encourage you to check this page frequently for important updates regarding our response.
Updated: 12 March 2020
At Hope, we want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking everyone to take precautions to keep ourselves and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be mindful and exercise precautionary measures as stipulated by Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee and Malaysian health authorities as below:
PERSONAL STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
COMPULSORY HOME QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS if you have travelled from Mainland China, South Korea, Italy and Iran within the last 14 days.
If you have travelled from COVID-19 affected countries within the last 14 days such as France, Spain, Germany, United States of America, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and West Malaysia we strongly advise you not to participate in church gatherings for the next 14 days.
If you fall sick during/ after your visit from COVID-19 areas/ countries, we urge you to seek immediate medical treatment from designated government hospitals. These hospitals can be reached on their hotlines: 082-443248 (Crisis Preparedness and Response Center, Sarawak), 082-276666 (Sarawak General Hospital).
STAY HOME if you or your family member is unwell with symptoms such as runny nose, fever (> 37.5 ̊̊C), cough, sore throat...etc.
Those in the high risk groups (elderlies who are 60+ years old, pregnant women and those who have underlying health issues and experiencing respiratory infection symptoms) are advised not to attend gatherings that involved crowded places.
PRACTICE GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the toilets; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wear a mask if you have cough or runny nose. Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.
MINIMISE PERSONAL CONTACTS. Avoid handshakes, high-five, hugs etc. Greet someone with friendly smile, or a wave instead!
PRECAUTIONARY STEPS WE TAKE AS A CHURCH
TEMPERATURE CHECKS for kids that appear unwell at all Hope Kids entrances.
If any kid is found to be unwell, we will advise for the child to be sent home to rest.
HAND SANITISERS will be made available in our services including Hope Kids.
SANITIZATION of highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as doors, handles, tables and chairs, water dispensers, kids toys and sinks.
Our staff and volunteer teams will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick. In addition, our Lounge Team will wear gloves when they serve food & drinks.
Offering bags will be relocated to the back of the hall so you don’t need to pass them down the row. Remember, you can also give online.
CHURCH ONLINE FACEBOOK GROUP. Live stream of 10:30am English service is specially provided for church members who are unable to join our worship services due to being self-quarantined in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to request for access:
Alternatively, you can access the sermons by Monday evening each week at www.vimeo.com/hopechurchkuching
We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to keep the health and the wellbeing our church and community. At this time, we will continue to have services on Sundays and Life Group gatherings. In the event that local and state health officials do recommend closure or we determine it is in the best interest of our Hope family to close, we will inform everyone to the best of our abilities through our website, social media and your respective leaders.
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and give careful attention to all that is happening. Please keep in your prayers, for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimise the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others!
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions here at Hope Church Kuching.
KEY POINTS & GOVERNMENT ADVICE
Key points as advised by the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee and Malaysian health authorities, are:
All foreigners (irrespective of nationalities) who have been to Mainland China, South Korea, Italy and Iran in the past 14 days will be REFUSED ENTRY into the State of Sarawak.
All Malaysians (non-residents of Sarawak) who have been to Mainland China, South Korea, Italy and Iran in the past 14 days are strongly advised NOT to visit Sarawak.
All Sarawakians and Sarawakian PR, Work and Student Pass holders who have been to Mainland China, South Korea, Italy and Iran in the past 14 days must undergo COMPULSORY HOME QUARANTINE for 14 days. They will be subjected to random monitoring by the medical authorities.
All visitors from other COVID-19 affected countries such as France, Spain, Germany, United States of America, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and West Malaysia are to adhere to precautionary guidelines issued by the Sarawak Health Department at all Points of Entry into Sarawak, such as
To remain at home and minimising their times spent in public places.
To remain vigilant and practicing good personal hygiene such as washing their hands regularly and avoiding touching their faces.
To avoid shaking hands or physical contact with others and to consider adopting alternative greetings.
All visitors or passengers travelling into Sarawak either by air, land or sea must fill in a Health Declaration Form which will be provided on arrival or while on board the aircraft, vessels or transport. Duly completed forms are to be submitted to the Immigration Officer at Point of Entry together with travelling documents. Those who fail to submit the form or provide false information are liable to prosecution.
Visitors to Sarawak (including returning Sarawakians and foreigners resident in Sarawak) who fall sick during their visit must seek immediate medical treatment from designated government hospitals. These hospitals can be reached on their hotlines: 082-443248 (Crisis Preparedness and Response Center, Sarawak), 082-276666 (Sarawak General Hospital), 085-420033 (Miri Hospital), 086-255899 (Bintulu Hospital) and 084-343333 (Sibu Hospital).
The State Disaster Management Committee strongly advises the public to avoid visiting COVID-19 affected countries unless absolutely necessary. Those who are visiting these areas are to practice strict good personal hygiene and avoid crowded places.