Covid-19 restrictions until 19 July 2021

The government has made an announcement regarding the lifting of restrictions due to covid-19. In summary, the restrictions were due to be lifted on 21 June by this has been extended to 19 July. The guidelines for places of worship remain broadly the same, and these are outlined below.

Facemask must continue to be worn – This a requirement and is mandatory for places of worship. [1]

Social distancing will need to be maintained – To prevent the spread of the virus, it is recommended to maintain a 2m distance or 1m when facemasks are worn. [2]

Toilet and wudu facilities will remain closed – This is due to lack of resources to have washrooms cleaned as frequently as required

Prayer mats will still need to be used

Shoe racks can be used for daily prayers – bags will be needed for Friday prayers

Registration is no longer required, but QR code can be scanned for Track & Trace requirements [3]

 

  1. “In England, face coverings are required by law to be worn in places of worship.” [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-2-december]
  2. “Always ensuring there is a gap of at least 2m between any performers and the first row of worshippers. Further mitigations like screens or other barriers between the performers and worshipper may also be considered.” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-2-december
    All venue managers and all visitors to a place of worship must follow the law and should follow the guidance on social distancing including: adhering to social distancing, meaning people should be 2 metres apart or more than 1 metre apart as well as taking extra steps to stay safe (such as wearing face coverings) to reduce the risk of transmission… For frequently used places, mark areas using floor tape or paint to help people maintain social distance.” [COVID-19_-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-GOV.UK-12-April-2021]
  3. “Community centres and village halls, which may host a variety of social, cultural and recreational activities, must collect information for all activities and events taking place within the venue. This should be collected by the person who hires the space. The venue must also display an official NHS QR code poster which can be used for every activity that takes place there….Places of worship, including when the venue is used for events and other community activities, are not included in these regulations but are still strongly encouraged to maintain staff, customer and visitor logs and to display an official NHS QR code poster. Consent should still be sought from individuals entering your establishment.” [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace#history]