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

This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities.



The guidance provides advice on how places of worship can open, for limited permitted activities, in a manner that is safe and in line with social distancing guidelines.

Please note

This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide. In the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.

This guidance is national guidance that applies across England. Please consider if local restrictions are in place when reading and implementing this guidance, see local information.

This guidance is only applicable in England. For guidance in ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland, please refer to guidance from the relevant national governments.

Published 4 July 2020