Welcome to the Provincial Grand Lodge and Chapter
of Yorkshire North & East Ridings
You will be aware that during the most recent period of restrictions linked to the Covid-19 situation I suspended Freemasonry in the Province until such time as we received further positive advice from both government and Grand Lodge.
With effect from the 17th May I have, by previous notification from the Provincial Grand Secretary, confirmed that this suspension will end. However, Lodges and Chapters must continue to be fully compliant with all legal requirements and associated guidance.
As I have said previously, provisions in relation to Covid-19, have and continue to change regularly and given their importance, Province cannot provide additional advice or interpretation of the published criteria to avoid any potential confusion.
Additionally, the position as advised by Grand Lodge is that, with effect from the 17th May 2021, Masonic meetings, for both Craft and the Royal Arch of up to 6 people are permitted. In addition, if and only if, a Masonic Centre has conducted a risk assessment which takes full account of government guidance and has taken all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19, it may host Covid-Secure Masonic meetings of more than 6 people; up to the lower of: (a) the maximum capacity identified in the risk assessment or (b) 30 attendees.
Given the lifting of the suspension, and subject to the above, Secretaries and Chapter Scribes should, from May 17th, once again issue summonses for meetings, unless by a two thirds majority decision of the Brethren or Companions, a voluntary suspension is applied for.
Whilst I am sure a resumption of Masonic activity will be welcomed, even in somewhat reduced circumstances, I must stress that there is no pressure to attend a meeting unless and until you feel safe and comfortable to do so.
As previously, we will keep the situation under constant review and communicate further as necessary.
Yours Sincerely and Fraternally
Provincial Grand Master
Freemasonry is intended to offer those who are members the opportunity to make themselves better individuals and to demonstrate to others that they are kind, caring and considerate to their families, those in their workplace and all those less fortunate than themselves. This is in a world where often, such laudable qualities are sadly missing. It is hoped that this site will dispel the myth that we only look after ourselves as you will see that we play an active part in supporting many local and national charities.
A quick visit to the Meeting Places page will show that there is a Lodge holding its meetings near to you – as you would expect of an organisation that is very much a part of the community. If you want to look inside the building – just ask. To those who are members, the Province hopes to provide further information and guidance; to those of you who are not Freemasons, then we hope that it may give you some insight into our organisation and prove to be of interest.