FACE COVERINGS FOR CHURCH
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
On Thursday afternoon the Church of England published new guidance strongly advising clergy and their congregations to wear face coverings when attending church services.
You will have seen in the news that there have been a number of recent coronavirus spikes in England which have led to local lockdowns. It is these which have prompted the Government’s new guidance for places of worship, in tandem with face coverings being mandatory in shops from today.
I fully appreciate that this change has come at extremely short notice and so I am writing today to let you know this new expectation for those attending public worship. I encourage you to do all you can to help our churches to set an example of good practice for others by following this guidance.
Face coverings are a means of protecting others if (unbeknown to us) we are carrying the virus, and wearing them is an act of loving Christian service to our neighbour. They are also a way of helping people to return to public worship in church with a greater sense of safety, alongside all the other safeguards we have put in place.
I am advised that the guidance will remain in place for as long as the Government advises.
With God’s blessing
Friday, 24th July 2020