Permitted Activities from 17th May
The easing of restrictions which came into effect on 17 May had a relatively small impact on the guidance for churches, with more extensive changes expected next month.
The increase in wedding attendance and lifting the cap on those attending funerals will be welcomed by many.
As always, the latest guidance documents are available on the Church of England website, but below are the principle changes from 17 May:
- People can now attend public worship in church as part of a group of 6 (as well as alone or as part of a household group).
- Outdoor public worship can take place without any total cap on numbers as long as people stay within groups of not more than 30.
- Weddings can now be attended by up to 30 people.
- Funerals no longer have a specific cap on numbers (but there is guidance on capacity and keeping churches COVID-secure that needs to be taken
- Up to 30 people can attend support groups and parent and child groups (with children under 5 not being counted).
- Concerts and plays and heritage visiting can resume in churches (subject to requirements and guidance on keeping venues COVID-secure).
Reference should also be made as appropriate to Government Guidance, in particular the guidance on the safe use of places of worship.