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Coronavirus (COVID-19): 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): guidance for the safe use of places of worship
What has changed

What has changed

We have carried out a review of the section of this guidance that addresses singing, chanting and the playing of instruments as well as the section on face coverings in preparation for changes coming into effect on 17 May 2021.  As we move to a system of different levels of protection that may be applied nationally or locally, the aim is for the guidance to reflect the levels so that it does not need to be changed so often. 

From 17 May parts of Scotland will move to levels 1 and 2.  For places of worship the key change is that singing, chanting and/or the playing of any instrument in small groups (i.e. small non-professional choirs and bands) will be permitted to resume for areas level 0 - 2.

To note: congregational singing for areas within levels 0 - 1 is currently under review and a further update will be published shortly.

14 May

  • Section on singing, chanting and the playing of instruments updated to reflect new guidance
  • Section on face coverings updated to reflect new guidance

First published: 18 Sep 2020 Last updated: 14 May 2021 -