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 what we now know about the higher transmissibility of the new variant, people in this higher risk group are advised to avoid public spaces, including places of worship for the current time. If you are part of a higher risk or extremely high risk group and wish to attend a funeral service in person, you must seriously consider doing so in line with important public health advice applicable to you and available on NHS Inform.
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 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.