Coronavirus (COVID-19)—new guidance issued for weddings and religious worship

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—new guidance issued for weddings and religious worship

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has updated its guidance for the safe use of places of worship, religious gatherings and small marriages/civil partnerships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, following the lockdown in England. Small marriages and civil partnerships are now only possible where one of the people getting married is ill and is not expected to recover and are limited to six people, excluding anyone working at the ceremony. Places of worship are now open only for limited purposes.

Places of worship in England may only open for:

• individual prayer—individuals or a single household may enter a venue to pray. Communal worship may not take place

• funerals—subject to a limit of 30 people, excluding those working at the ceremony

• commemorative events to celebrate a deceased person’s life/passing, such as scattering ashes—subject to a limit of 15 people, excluding those working at the ceremony

• childcare and education, where the place of worship is used as part of a school

• essential voluntary and public services

• support groups, including those for victims of crime, new parents/guardians, vulnerable young people—subject to a limit of 15, excluding those working and children under five

Sources:

• COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

• COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships 

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