Faith, worship and funerals

Places of worship, funerals, ceremonies and faith organisations

Updated 19 July 2021

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 were lifted on 19 July. This means that:

  • there are no limits on group sizes for attending a place of worship, a funeral or a commemorative event
  • you do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with
  • face coverings are no longer required by law but the government recommends that people wear a face covering in crowded areas

Places of worship

From 19 July, there are also no longer limits on the number of people who can sing indoors or outdoors. This includes indoor congregational and communal singing.

Faith organisations should continue to remain cautious and keep measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in place. See updated government guidance on the safe use of places of worship.

Funerals and other ceremonies

Everyone should continue to act carefully and remain cautious as cases of COVID-19 remain high.

Individual venues or businesses still have restrictions at events to enable them to take place safely. You should check with the venue before you organise or attend an event.

For more information see Government guidance on:

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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