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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: guidance for the safe use of places of worship

Guidance to help places of worship safely re-open for permitted purposes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: guidance for the safe use of places of worship
Life event ceremonies

Life event ceremonies

Ceremonies that take place within places of worship to mark life events and that form part of a wider religious service (including baptisms, christenings and coming-of-age ceremonies) are now permitted to resume. These should be carried out in accordance with this guidance, including with the advice on determining capacity (up to a maximum of 50 people), the wearing of face coverings, physical distancing, hygiene and faith-specific practices. 

Consideration should be given to how faith-specific rites and rituals during life event ceremonies can be adapted in accordance with this guidance to ensure the safety of those present.

Separate rules are applicable to marriage ceremonies and funeral services within places of worship.


First published: 18 Sep 2020 Last updated: 18 Sep 2020 -