4th January 2021   •   article
What UK's new lockdown means for worship, weddings and funerals


by Barfi Culture Team | @barfi_culture.
In a departure from previous lockdowns, the UK government is allowing communal worship, weddings and funerals - with caveats.

What the guidance says


Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals are allowed with strict limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-19 secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance.

Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included. These should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times.

However, the Muslim Council of Britain last night urged mosques to "re-assess safety measures if they choose to remain open"


More on the guidelines here
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