Step 4 - what you can do
England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high.
From 19 July, the rules for places of worship have changed. COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others. Venue managers should follow this guidance issued by the government and when applied appropriately it will help us all to stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread.
There are no legal restrictions on the number of people that can attend a wedding, reception or celebration.
There are no legal limits on the number of people who can attend funerals or commemorative events.
Full immersion in water is allowed.
From 19 July the youth sector remains at YELLOW in the readiness framework, but with substantial changes to the guidance.
Within places of worship, Children’s groups are directed to follow the ‘Out of school setting’ and ‘Early year guidance’ guidelines.
Singing, face coverings and physical distancing
Social distancing and wearing a face covering are now a personal choice. People are encouraged to respect other attendees and those working who may wish to adopt a more cautious approach.
The government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas, so for those who are able, we recommend that people continue wearing face coverings in church buildings. It would be reasonable to continue social distancing in your building at approximately 1 metre.
There are no limits on the number of people who can sing or perform indoors or outdoors. If you are meeting indoors the best things to mitigate the risk from singing are ventilation, face coverings and social distancing.
The government issued sector-by-sector guidance for the workplace on how businesses should reduce the risk of COVID-19 for staff and customers in England from 19 July. These various guides cover offices, shops and events that can be used by churches assessing their step 4 plans for employees and volunteers.