Faith, worship and funerals

Places of worship, funerals, ceremonies and faith organisations

Updated 17 May 2021

Places of worship

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


From 17 May funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.

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.


From 17 May, limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.

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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