Face coverings “strongly advised” in places of worship with immediate effect

New guidance has been issued by the Church of England which “strongly advises the use of face coverings by all those attending a place of worship including ministers, worshipers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present.”

The guidance also urges people to remember that face coverings are “intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.”

In response to this guidance, we are strongly advising everyone who comes into our Benefice churches and buildings to wear a suitable face covering to ensure everyone’s continued safety with immediate effect.

Please bear this in mind when attending our Sunday services or visiting our churches for personal prayer.

The full guidance, released on 23 July and which includes details on exemptions, details of suitable coverings and face covering care, can be found here –  Church of England Face Covering Advice