Yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that stricter measures have been implemented to fight COVID-19.

In efforts to keep at a safe social distance and limit the spread of the coronavirus the decision was made to close schools across the province, as well places worship won't be gathering at their usual times.

Rev. Ray Goodship with St. Andrew's United Church here in Cochrane says that they are trying to figure out the right protocol to protect themselves and the community,  while still taking care of the public.

"So we didn't worship yesterday, and we are suspending all public gathering but we're not closing the building. We'll be meeting tomorrow via skype to talk about how can continue to serve the public and be present for each other."

Rev. Goodship says that there is a lot of uncertainty at this point regarding how exactly things will proceed, but they are working together to come up with ways to continue to support the community.

GoodShip says that the Church will be going ahead with their regular free Tuesday lunch tomorrow for those who need it.

The soup will however be a "pick up and go" service  rather than people gathering together for the meal.

He says "The coordinator Heather Campbell and myself will be at the church tomorrow to hand out soup for those who need it."

Anyone in need of a hot meal can stop by St. Andrew's United Church for a grab and go soup tomorrow at noon.

The church is located at 128 1st Street East.