• Savannah Mayo

Guidance COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic.

1. Introduction

Places of worship play an important role in providing spiritual leadership for many individuals, and in bringing communities and generations together.

However, their communal nature also makes them places that are particularly vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Under the current law places of worship are permitted to open solely for the following purposes:

  • funerals, in line with restrictions on those who can attend as per Regulation 7(2)(b)

  • to broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast

  • to provide essential voluntary services or urgent public support services, including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions, or support in an emergency

  • for early years childcare provided by a person registered on the Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006

This law is enacted through the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

From 13 June 2020 places of worship will be permitted to open for the following additional purpose, depending on the most up to date scientific advice of the risk posed by the virus.

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