In Parliament this afternoon the First Minister announced that from next Monday the 4th of April, it will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face covering in places of worship or while attending a marriage ceremony, a civil partnership registration, or a funeral.
The First Minister’s statement is at https://www.gov.scot/publications/fm-statement-parliament-march-30-2022/
The Government intend to offer guidance for the coming weeks but as yet that has not been made available. We will continue to take government guidance seriously as we move forward on this seemingly never-ending journey towards a time when we learn to live with the virus.
Face coverings remain an important part of stopping the spread of coronavirus. Although regulatory requirements to wear face coverings in places of worship and at marriage ceremonies and funeral services will be removed from 4 April, the Scottish Government continues to strongly encourage the use of protective measures to reduce risk, including wearing face coverings where appropriate to help keep each other safe.
Many will have been listening to the First Minister’s updates on Covid restrictions:
From Easter Sunday (Sunday 17th April), and in accordance with government guidelines, face-masks will now be optional at Stevenston High Kirk. We want you all to feel safe and comfortable.
Although masks will now be optional from Easter Sunday, the gallery area of the church will be kept socially distanced. We do hope and pray that this will be helpful to those wishing to take their first steps back into church.