Latest Advice from the National Office

Latest from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) Faith Team

Most of the changes will be familiar to you as they will be broadly the same as the Tiers that were in place before a national lockdown was put in place in November. However, following analysis of effectiveness of the Local COVID Alert Levels in October some adjustments will be made to improve their impact on managing transmission risks.

The key thing to note is that communal worship will be able to restart from 2 December in all Local Restriction Tiers. We know that the past month has been an intensely challenging time for all of your communities and we hope that this will be welcome news.

Further detail on what you will and won’t be able to do in different Tiers is outlined in the grid below. We will also be republishing the Places of Worship Guidance at the end of the week, where we expect to provide an update on the position regarding singing. Once this is online we will let you know.

We remain grateful for all your support throughout this pandemic – especially your continued efforts to encourage your communities to comply with the current restrictions until 2 December, and with any local restrictions from that point onwards.

Separately, the Prime Minister will set out further details on restrictions over the Christmas Bank Holiday period in the coming days. Announcements of which Tiers different areas will fall into will come on Thursday.

What will we be able to do in each Local Restriction Tier?

Activity:Medium (Tier 1) High (Tier 2) Very High (Tier 3) 
Opening Places of Worship for communal prayerOpen for as many people as can be safely accommodated with social distancing measures.Open for as many people as can be safely accommodated with social distancing measures.Open for as many people as can be safely accommodated with social distancing measures.
Attending Places of Worship for communal prayerCan attend and interact in groups of up to 6 people from different households.Can only interact indoors with your own households, but outdoors can interact in groups of up to 6.Can only interact with your own household both indoors and outdoors.
Wedding CeremoniesCan take place with up to 15 attendees, all of whom can interact. Can take place with up to 15 attendees, all of whom can interact.Can take place with up to 15 attendees, all of whom can interact.
Wedding ReceptionsCan take place with up to 30 attendees, all of whom can interact.Can take place with up to 30 attendees, all of whom can interact.Cannot take place.
FuneralsCan take place with up to 30 attendees, all of whom can interact.Can take place with up to 30 attendees, all of whom can interact.Can take place with up to 30 attendees, all of whom can interact.
Commemorative events post-deathCan take place with up to 15 attendees, all of whom can interact.Can take place with up to 15 attendees, all of whom can interact.Can take place with up to 15 attendees, all of whom can interact.
Other Standalone Life-Cycle Ceremonies – that do not take place as a part of communal worshipCan attend and interact in groups of up to 6 people from different households.Can only interact indoors with your own households, but outdoors can interact in groups of up to 6.Can only interact with your own household both indoors and outdoors.
Supervised Activities for Children (including Sunday schools, madrassas etc.) Can take place with no limit on the number of children permitted to attend, following COVID-Secure guidance. Adults must ensure social distancing at all times.
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