Updated: Dec 6, 2021
As per the recent special edition of First Rising, please see below the text that was sent out to all Freemasons based in England and Wales:
New government restrictions have been imposed in England and in Wales in response to the Omicron variant. In accordance with the law and with government guidance, the United Grand Lodge of England and Supreme Grand Chapter have changed their guidance on face coverings and they now recommend that Freemasons wear face coverings at Masonic meetings, unless exempt.
Members are still encouraged to undertake a lateral flow test, available free from NHS Test and Trace, prior to attending any Masonic meeting.
UGLE and Supreme Grand Chapter recommend that members use hand sanitiser and, if available at the venue, temperature checks.
Should official guidance change, further advice will be forthcoming.