Official Government Advice
Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24 July 2020. People are also encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship (Click link for Government document).
The Baptist Union Advice
In England, the Government are now advising that face coverings are used by all those attending church regardless of the distancing. Young children and those with respiratory conditions are excluded from this as in all cases where face coverings are otherwise expected (Click link for Baptist Union document).
The Church Of England
We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing (Click link for CofE document).
Chenies Baptist Church
Throughout this season we have been indebted to the Government for the guidance they have produced. We have also drawn extensively from the advice provided by both the Baptist Union and the Church of England.
Therefore, taking all this advice into consideration, we will require all congregants to wear a face covering upon entry into the Church building, throughout the service and upon exiting the Church grounds. You will be required to provide your own face coverings. This requirement will be reviewed continually to comply with Government regulations.