Face Coverings in Church

It is now a legal requirement that face coverings are worn in places of worship, with certain exceptions (see below).

We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending St Martin's, including clergy, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors.

However, please note that those who are leading services and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, providing physical distancing can be maintained.

Face coverings are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19. They are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason, including:

• children under the age of 11

• you are unable to wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment

• if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress

• if you are providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.