The Government guidance for the safe use of places of worship advises that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship where there may be other people present. This includes not only members of the congregation but also the president and any other ministers. Face coverings should only be removed to receive Holy Communion. Each communicant should also sanitise their hands before and after removing their face covering to receive the bread, and before and after putting it on again.We shall not be policing this advice, but we are encouraging you to act responsibly. We suggest that even if you don’t feel the need to wear a mask when in your seat and over 2 metres from anyone else, you might well consider it prudent to do so when arriving at and leaving the church. Inevitably, when not seated, we tend to get too close to each other, not least so we can hear each other, so it is when talking to others around the building that you are most at risk.
As you may already be aware, the wearing of face masks in public worship is compulsory from Saturday 8th August.
Addendum – Government advice regarding public worship:
Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible, and meet as few people as possible face to face, and take care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
Those who are considered to be extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 will have been advised to shield and are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own household, and are therefore not currently advised to attend places of worship. Those shielding may choose to gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a support bubble with another household, they are therefore still advised not to attend places of worship indoors.
Both the above groups of people are advised that there are increased risks to you if you attend public worship. The final decision about whether you attend worship or not is yours and yours alone, and we will not be policing government advice.