Message from Bishop McKeown:

Published on July 31, 2021

The decision to introduce face coverings in our churches dates back to August 2020 and was taken by Church Leaders before face coverings were made mandatory by the governments, north and south.


This week, the NI Executive decided to remove the legal requirement to wear a face covering within a place of worship.  Please note that it will, however, remain a legal requirement to wear a face covering on the way into a place of worship and on the way out.


Despite this change to the legal position, I ask that, for the time being, we continue to strongly recommend and encourage the use of face coverings at all services of worship.  I shall let you know if, and when, I decide to recommend a change in this practice.