As from Saturday, 8th August 2020 masks must be worn in places of worship. This includes all churches and chapels but oddly not crematorium buildings.
Several local crematoriums have fallen in line with the ruling already and those that haven’t are recommending that as a matter of good practice that all attending a service should wear a mask.
It will only be a matter of time before the wearing of masks is mandatory in all crematorium buildings.
Exceptions to wearing a mask include:
- young children under the age of 11
- not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
- to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
- to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
- to eat or drink if reasonably necessary
- in order to take medication
- if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering
You won’t need to wear a mask for service taking place outside such as a burial.
If you are attending a service and want to know if you will have to wear a mask please contact us. Better still have a mask with you just in case.
Please remember wearing a mask isn’t a reason to stop practising good hygiene or social distancing.