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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 congregational service (including baptisms, christenings and coming-of-age ceremonies) are now permitted to resume, in accordance with guidance Restrictions on Capacity at Levels 0-3 only.  However, due to current restrictions, such sacraments/ceremonies are not permitted to be undertaken in places of worship located in Level 4 areas.

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: 7 Jan 2021 -