The leaders of NI’s four main Christian churches have asked parishioners to wear face coverings during services.
The heads of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church, Catholic and Presbyterian Churches said it was their responsibility „to ensure that our services of worship are safe places”.
The move comes following consultations with health authorities.
The statement said face coverings should be used alongside two-metre social distancing.
Currently, under the rules in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland face coverings are not mandatory at services of worship.
In its statement, the churches said this is due in part to people attending services in household groups and maintaining two-metre social distancing.