Update 5th January; Churches remain open during lockdown.
Below is an extract from a letter forwarded by Bishop Patrick of Nottingham:
National Lockdown Guidance January 2021
Following the Prime Minister’s statement this evening, the following has been published by the Government and can be found at the following link:
The Guidance for Places of Worship published this evening states:
Communal worship and life events
You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony.
Comment: Mass and other acts of worship can continue as normal following the covid-security guidance that has been published by the Bishops’ Conference after consultation with officials from Public Health England and MHCLG.
You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.
Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.
You must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble if you do attend a service.
The Places of Worship Guidance (updated 22nd December 2020) summarises the position for our churches. This can be found in full here:
It is very important to encourage all who attend our churches to abide by these covid security restrictions and to protect themselves and those around them. It is also an opportunity to thank those who clean and steward our churches for their generosity of service to the local community.
Rev. Canon Christopher Thomas 4th January 2021
Secretary Bishops Conference England & Wales