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Coronavirus: Guidance on church worship (2 July)

GuidanceOnChurchWorshipThe UK Government’s Guidance for the safe use of places of worship published 29 June 2020 indicates that from 4 July, church buildings in England may be used for the following purposes, but only if measures for the safe use of the building are in place:
·       Worship services and events with attendance determined by social distancing requirements.
·       Weddings with up to 30 attendees.
·       Funerals with up to 30 attendees.
·       Private prayer.

If the capacity of a building prepared for social distancing is less than thirty, then the maximum number of attendees at a wedding and funeral is reduced accordingly.

Please note that in Wales, the devolved Government’s  Guidance on Re-Opening Places of Worship published 23 June does not allow church buildings to be used for general worship services.

This new guidance leaflet aims to help you think through the wider issues of gathering for worship. We recommend these issues are discussed carefully among church trustees alongside the Guidance on Re-Opening Baptist Churches. Above all, we encourage you not to rush to re-establish gathered corporate worship but only to do so prayerfully and after the widest possible consultation.

Version 1: 30 June 2020 (9am)
Version 2: 2 July 2020 (3pm)

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