The UK Government announcement on 29th July makes the wearing of masks compulsory in places of worship from 8th August 2020. The same announcement also recommends mask-wearing for worshippers before that date. We are therefore inviting those attending church on Sunday 2nd August to wear a mask. It will be mandatory on Sunday 9th August and thereafter until further notice. Unfortunately anyone not wearing a mask on or after that date will not be admitted unless they are exempt.
Who is exempt? Children under the age of 11 do not have to wear a mask; nor do those for whom the wearing of a mask is likely to cause severe distress; those who suffer from a disability which makes putting a mask on or removing it impossible are also exempt from the law. You do not need to prove that you are exempt. If you fall into this category, please speak to the warden on duty as you enter the building.
Wearing a mask is primarily for the protection of others and at St. Paul’s we believe that compliance with this new guideline is a way of modelling our Christian duty to promote the well-being of those around us. All other anti-coronavirus measures remain in force, including 2 metre social distancing and hand washing on entry and exit.