Devon church services will 'continue as normal' despite Coronavirus threat

Church services will 'carry on as normal' despite the rising number of Coronavirus cases in Devon, according to church leaders.

Last week a person who had been at a communion service at St Mary's Church in Churston Ferrers near Brixham was diagnosed with the virus.

The church was temporarily closed for a deep clean while members of the congregation were told to contact Public Health England for advice.

Other parishioners who might feel unwell, have a cough, a high temperature or are short of breath have been instructed to phone NHS 111.

The Church of England said it was offering "full support" to those involved.

There are now at least 12 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Devon and 38 in total across the whole of the South West.

We had been prepared, and we have been sending advice and guidance out to parishes and priests once we were all aware of Coronavirus.

Rev Gina Radford

Plymouth Crown Court was closed yesterday (March 9) after a defendant displayed flu-like symptoms.

He was advised to call 111 and self-isolate after entering the dock of the courtroom.

The building was emptied as a precaution while staff, visitors and clients were told to leave.

The building was deep-cleaned overnight but is not expected to reopen until later today (March 10).

Woodlands School in Whitleigh, meanwhile, has reopened today following a one-day closure on Monday.

It comes after a member of the school's staff reportedly came into contact with someone who was being tested for the virus.