Government Announces Church Buildings may reopen for Public Worship from July 4th

The Government has announced that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4th July, provided physical distancing remains in place.  In response to this news, Bishop Paul posted on Twitter; click here to see the tweet

‘This is very good news – for now, we await further detailed government guidance and advice from the Church of England. We will be ready to support clergy and church wardens across the diocese as they make decisions appropriate to their context and circumstances.’

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who leads the Church of England’s Recovery Group also issued a statement welcoming the Prime Minister’s announcement that people would soon be able to meet and worship together, whilst adding ‘We will not be returning to normality overnight – this is the next step on a journey….It is important to say that the change in Government guidance is permissive, not prescriptive.’

You can view the full statement here:-