Faith, worship and funerals

Places of worship, funerals, ceremonies and faith organisations

Updated 9 April 2021

Places of worship

Places of worship in Essex can re-open if they strictly follow the national guidance.


  • Funerals must have no more than 30 people attending. This is the most allowed by law whether inside or outside the venue. Venues may have a lower limit, depending on their capacity.
  • Commemorative events must have no more than 15 people. Examples are wakes and stone-settings.
  • You must not mingle with people outside your household or support bubble. You should not linger outside the venue before or after the event.
  • Burials and cremations are both permitted.

Read the government guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some cemeteries and crematoria can web-cast the funeral for family and friends. Please check with your local cemetery or crematorium.


Weddings, civil partnerships and receptions can take place. No more than 15 people, of any age, are allowed. This does not include people working at the ceremony. Visit guidance for weddings.
Other lifecycle ceremonies may only take place if they are an element of communal worship. They should meet the requirements for communal worship in the national guidelines.

Faith and community organisations

Bahai Community in the UK
Baptist Union of Great Britain
Catholic Church England and Wales
Church of England's guidance for churches
C of E Diocese of Chelmsford for local guidance to parishes
Faith Action is a national network of faith-based and community organisations)
Hindu Forum of Britiain
Humanists UK
Jewish Leadership Council, coronavirus portal
Methodist Church UK
Muslim Council of Britain
Network of Buddhist Organisations
Sikh Council UK

To contact Essex Resilience Forum’s Faith & Communities Tactical Co-ordination Group, email

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