Guidance

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

This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities and includes a checklist for special religious services and gatherings.

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

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

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COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic (simplified Chinese)

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COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic (traditional Chinese)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Details

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.

Checklist for special religious services and gatherings

We recognise that detailed government guidance can be tricky to apply to unique situations, events or places. However, there are some key principles that should help us all make decisions that ensure we can all take part in special religious services safely.

Published 4 July 2020
Last updated 4 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Amended in line with the Prime Minister's statement on 31 July.

  2. Updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings and amendments to 1 August 2020 easings.

  3. Added checklist for special religious services and gatherings.

  4. Updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings, and added guided on outdoor worship. Please note, the updated translated versions of the guidance are to be added.

  5. Added various foreign language versions: Arabic, Bengali, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portugese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Urdu.

  6. Updated section on singing, chanting and the use of musical instruments.

  7. First published.