Please note that from 8th August, the government asks us to wear face-coverings in church. This of course is now obligatory in shops, on public transport and in other social settings. Until now, our diocesan guidance has encouraged the wearing of face coverings if it has not been possible to maintain a two-metre distance. However, the latest government advice now makes this compulsory. The Prime Minister said that the wearing of face coverings has become compulsory in “indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet” including cinemas, museums and galleries. “We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from 8th August.” In response, let us work to make our churches truly safe. If it means wearing a face mask, then that is surely a small price to pay in return for meeting our Lord and Master Jesus Christ and receiving His grace in the holy sacraments.