To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether an organised religious service that takes place in a (a) back garden and (b) other outside venue, whilst respecting social distancing, complies with the covid-19 lockdown restrictions placed on religious worship.
18 September 2020
In line with the regulations that came into force on 14 September, up to 6 people can gather in a private garden or other outdoor venue for any purpose. There are some limited exceptions where gatherings of more than six people are possible, but worship services are not exempted in private outdoor spaces
If anyone is considering arranging an event for more than 6 people in a public outdoor space they should liaise with those responsible for the open space in question to ensure that the event can be staged in a safe and legal way, which includes undertaking a risk assessment that considers security.