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Places of worship to re-open for individual prayer

Places of worship across England will be permitted to reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15 June, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed earlier this week.

This decision follows discussions between the government and representatives of major faiths through the Places of Worship Taskforce, which FaithAction is a part of.

This move recognises the spiritual and mental health benefits for people being able to pray in their place of worship, and that for some people this cannot be replicated by praying at home. New guidance will be published shortly to ensure the limited re-opening of places of worship can be done safely and in line with social distancing guidelines.

Individual prayer will be permitted, but communally led prayer, worship or devotion such as services, evensong, informal prayer meetings, Mass, Jummah or Kirtan will not be possible at this stage. The government will continue to work with the Taskforce towards the full reopening of places of worship as soon as the scientific advice allows.

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