Face coverings at St.Anne's
Published by Andreas Sistig on Friday, 24 July 2020 12:55
Following the governments guidance it is now compulsory to wear a mask in churches (unless you are exempt).
We are aware that wearing a mask for an extended period (the length of a church service) will feel very alien and uncomfortable to many people. Perhaps you will find it helpful to try wearing a mask at home for an hour in order to see how you are managing. We are also being told that, contrary to common assumption, a mask does not actually reduce the oxygen intake - even though it may feel that way. Different shapes and types of masks can make a huge difference - so why not try a few different ones?
The governments guidelines on exceptions include, but are not limited to:
- young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
- 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
We understand and are mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.
Please find here the link to the templates the government has provided for printing out an exemption badge, lanyard of smart phone badge, however please note that it is not required that these are used.