Face Coverings In Church
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, face coverings become mandatory in church buildings from this Sunday, 9 August. We still await (Thursday morning) detailed guidance from HM Government, but we can reasonably expect that the guidance will match the regulations by which they are mandatory in shops. Face Coverings must cover the nose and the mouth. You do not need to wear one if you are:
- Under 11;
- If you need to communicate with someone who lip-reads;
- If you are unable to wear one because of a registered disability;
- If wearing a mask will cause severe distress.
At the moment, clergy and readers are not expected to wear a face-covering whilst speaking at the Lectern or Altar, but will do so when administering Holy Communion, or whilst in other parts of the building.
We respectfully ask that you do not put wardens or clergy in the difficult situation of having to challenge you because you are not wearing one, and remind you that wearing a face covering is now one of the conditions under which public worship carries on in our Churches. However, if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), then please do not come to public worship, but join us for our online worship.