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Churches: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 72873, tabled on 13 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the timeframe for people to be able to sing in churches as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Answered on

16 July 2020

The Government recognises that singing is a key part of our cultural and religious life. We have published Guidance for the Safe Use of Places of Worship during COVID-19 which provides advice on singing within places of worship: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july . The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has also published guidance for people who work in performing arts, including organisations, venue operators and participants: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts . Singing?is a central element of many religious practices but poses a particular risk of spreading the virus. The Government and medical and scientific communities are urgently engaged in research around?transmission risk?and how activities such as?singing and chanting can be managed safely indoors, by congregations and by amateurs.

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