Churches to reopen for services from 4th July in England and weddings allowed 30 people

Boris Johnson has announced that churches will be allowed to reopen for services and weddings from 4th July. 

The PM made the statement in the House of Commons as he announced the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers. 

He said: „I know that many have mourned the closure of places of worship. And this year Easter Passover, and Eid all occurred during the lockdown. So, I’m delighted that places of worship will be able to re-open for prayer and services, including weddings, with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.”

It has not been officially clarified whether the limit of 30 people applies to just weddings or both weddings and church services but church leaders are reporting that they have been told it applies to weddings only, with numbers at services expected to be dependent on building size. 

Guidance with more specific details is understood to be expected in the next day or two. Guidance for weddings will be published separately. 

Mr Johnson also reduced the social distancing rule from two metres to „one metre plus” and made social contact advice „guidance” rather than legislation, allowing people from two households of any size to meet up indoors and outdoors from 4th July. 

Other activities opening in line with churches include: outdoor gyms, playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres.


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