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Churches axe services until further notice

CHURCH services have been suspended ‘until further notice’ in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, said it was ‘necessary to put public services on hold’.

In a joint letter, they added church buildings may remain open for prayer ‘where practical’ and provided worshippers observe social distancing advice. A Church spokesman said weddings and funerals could still go ahead.

The archbishops wrote: ‘This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly a church for all, or just the church for ourselves?’ Video output could be expanded, including live-streaming. Meanwhile, couples with a wedding day insurance policy should be covered if forced to cancel, an industry body said.

■ THE Queen has cancelled her annual garden parties and will leave London for Windsor Castle earlier than planned in what Buckingham Palace called a ‘sensible precaution’. The 93-year-old will carry out duties at the palace, including meeting PM Boris Johnson, before heading to Windsor on Thursday.

Morrisons to hire 3,500 amid online shopping boom

MORRISONS is to create 3,500 jobs to boost its home delivery service during the crisis. The supermarket said it would hire 2,500 order pickers and drivers, plus 1,000 distribution centre workers. In the US, Amazon aims to hire 100,000 staff, but the UK site faced criticism for ordering ‘compulsory’ overtime. Online stores such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda have been swamped, with shoppers reporting a four-hour ‘virtual queue’ for toilet rolls from Ocado.