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PA Victoria Jones
PA Victoria Jones
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Christians urged to be responsible in church as restrictions are eased

by Kelly Valencia

A Christian health expert has warned believers to "take responsibility" and make sure all activities done as a church meet coronavirus guidelines. 

"It is about making sure that the whole day, the whole week, house groups, small groups are balanced," Professor Francis Davis, a professor of public policy and a board member of an NHS trust, told Premier. 

Prof Davis thinks that wearing a mask in shops but then singing in church - or spending a whole day with people after church - might undermine efforts. 

"I think we just need to take responsibility in every aspect of our lives, but particularly those that do what we do in church and around the community and Bible studies," he said. 

Professor Davis' remarks come as the Government has released new data showing the UK has recorded its lowest level of Covid-related deaths in six months. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that re-opening the economy will "inevitably" mean that Covid cases will rise again. 

"It's very exciting that those levels have come down. But I think I'm very, very concerned at the same time that the reach into black and minority ethnic communities, and the reach to disabled people and to some vulnerable groups is not yet as deep as it is in the general population," Prof Davis said.  

He said he wants to avoid some parts of society getting back to normal while others are suffering: "suddenly, illness gets concentrated in those vulnerable groups...what is the point of us all walking around saying we're doing really, really, really well if those at the bottom of the pile [are] being left behind?"

The Government has said 19 out of 20 of the most vulnerable people have a degree of protection against the virus.  

When asked about how best to pray as lockdown continues to ease across the UK, Prof Davis said: "It seems to me that we need to get our prayer balance right.

"There are some of us, because of our age and stage, or our skill set or our temperament, that are called to pray by being and by praising. Others of us, of course, are called to pray and to be present by serving. So, we need to maintain both of those and then not use the lifting of lockdown as an excuse to retreat from public service into only private prayer."

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