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Communal worship or prayer can be attended by as many people as the place of worship can safely accommodate, in a way which complies with COVID-19 secure guidance. Find out more about coronavirus rules for places of worship.

This means you should:

  • follow the mitigations that places of worship have put in place, for example using booking systems, changes to entrances and exits or staggered arrivals
  • continue to broadcast services online for those who need to stay at home or are able to mark the event at home to avoid large gatherings
  • follow the rules on social mixing according to your tier when you meet with other people
  • wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) – you must also wear these if you travel on public transport and a range of other places required by law
  • make sure you provide your contact details to the place of worship to support the NHS Test and Trace service designed to track and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This can be done through the NHS Test and Trace App
  • remove communal resources such as prayer mats or prayer books. Single use alternatives should be removed after use and disposed of by the worshipper
  • make sure only you touch your belongings, for example shoes if removed
  • take home any personal items brought in to aid worship, such as a prayer mat, prayer beads, or any ritual items associated with the festival
  • speak into a microphone to lead devotions or sermons to avoid shouting. Avoid sharing microphones between different speakers
  • ensure that singing is limited to a small set group of people and follows guidance below
  • avoid congregational singing or audience participation in line with guidance for the performing arts
  • follow social distancing (2 metres between households, or 1 metre with mitigations, if 2 metres is not possible), and especially avoid touching people outside of your household
  • avoid the use of shared areas for ablutions – wash at home, unless in an emergency