Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4 July

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    The government has stated that it understands that places of worship play an important role in providing spiritual leadership for many individuals and in bringing communities and generations together. However, it remains concerned that their communal nature can make them places that are particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.


    Through its Places of Worship Taskforce, the government says it has worked with faith leaders and representatives to develop further guidance to enable the safe re-opening of places of worship for a broader range of activities from 4 July 2020.

    This new guidance will come into effect from 4 July 2020 in England. Until 4 July the current guidance and  current regulations remain in force.

    This new guidance remains under review and may be updated in line with the changing situation. The main change is that from 4 July, gatherings of more than 30 people will be permitted but only in certain public places as set out in law. This will include places of worship and their surrounding premises. There are however activities where it is advisable to restrict numbers to 30 within a place of worship for public health reasons.

    Full details of the new situation can be found here .