Face coverings to be worn in Maidstone Museum and at funerals


Maidstone Borough Council is reminding people to wear a face covering when visiting Maidstone Museum and attending funerals at Vinters Park Crematorium from Saturday 8 August.

The list of places where face coverings are mandatory has been increased and the new government guidance requires people to wear a face covering immediately before entering any of these and then keep it on until they leave.

Victoria Barlow, Maidstone Museum Director said: “The Museum has seen a steady stream of visitors since reopening and we are very happy to implement this new requirement. We are indeed living in very unusual times and if this new measure helps keep our visitors and staff safe we welcome it.” 

Sharon Smith Bereavement Services Manager at Maidstone Borough Council said: “We have implemented this new guidance immediately and via their funeral director, have informed the families of all the planned funerals already booked and will be informing anyone who books a funeral that they must all wear a face covering. The maximum number of people currently allowed to attend a funeral has not been changed and remains at 30.”

Government advice says that face coverings are largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of the virus that causes coronavirus infection Covid19.

People are also strongly encouraged to wear a face-covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where they come into contact with people who they do not normally meet.

For more information on the guidance please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own


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