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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
People at higher risk/shielding

People at higher risk/shielding

Certain groups of people are at higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. Guidance on individuals who fall into this higher risk group can be found on the NHS Inform website.

Due to the low levels of infection, people in this higher risk group are now able to follow the same advice as the wider public. When they do go out they are advised to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

Places of worship should give special consideration to worshippers, staff members and volunteers who fall within this higher risk group, or who live with people in this group. Faith leaders may wish to set aside specific time for them to attend places of worship.

Anyone who was shielding can still access government advice on this how to keep themselves safe.

It is recommended that places of worship continue to stream worship or prayer services to continue to reach those individuals who are self-isolating or at higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19.


First published: 31 Jul 2020 Last updated: 31 Jul 2020 -