There has been an update on the advice from the Diocesan Office on Face Masks at Church
The Church of Ireland, along will all major Christian Churches in Northern Ireland have released a joint statement urging all congregation members where possible to wear face masks during church services.
“At this time, both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, the governments have not formally made mandatory the wearing of face coverings at services of worship. This is, in part, due to the fact that as churches we are committed to maintaining 2 metre physical distancing between household groups and strict adherence to all government guidance on hand hygiene, cleaning, ventilation etc.”
“It, however, remains our responsibility to ensure that our services of worship are safe places for all who join with us. It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc., is likely to reduce the spread of coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. Their use is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers, and practical love for our neighbours.”
Original Guidance below
The Diocesan office has confirmed that face coverings are currently not mandatory and remain optional for those attending Church on a Sunday. As our church is social distancing to 2m apart, face masks are not legally required. However a parishioner is more than welcome to wear one if they so desire. Masks will be made available for all parishioners, they can lifted on your way in, as you sanitise your hands in the porch. If you do use one, remember to take it with you and dispose in the bin on the way out. Parishioners are also reminded that face masks are now compulsory for most public indoor settings where a purchase would normally be made such as shops, or take-aways without indoor seating. Please remember to keep your mask with you at all times when out and about and keep safe!