On 27 November 2021, the Prime Minister announced new precautionary measures in light of the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the UK. These focus on rules around international travel, and on the compulsory wearing of face coverings from Tuesday 30 November in shops and on public transport for those not exempt.
Updated Government guidance on face coverings does not make it mandatory to wear face coverings in churches in England, though we note the ongoing recommendation that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces. Wearing face coverings remains mandatory in churches in Wales, as it has been throughout 2021.
We continue suggest that it is both sensible and appropriate for churches to take some measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 and we trust churches are already engaged in considering how to make Christmas events accessible and safe for all.
We will monitor the Government guidance and statements in the coming weeks and update our guidance if necessary.
There is a range of resources below to help churches practically and spiritually during these uncertain times.