Bishops of England and Wales Statement on “Our Plan to Rebuild:” Government’s COVID-19 Recovery strategy:

The Government’s position, established recently includes these steps aimed at opening churches as soon as possible: the establishment of a task force for places of worship, to work closely with ‘stakeholders’ in ensuring that premises are COVID-19 secure; and heeding the experience of other countries in which churches are already open for worship. In dialogue with the Government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement in this process and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer. The Church is ready to play its full part in the task force, understanding that this includes the possible earlier use of churches for private prayer, as a first safe step towards their use for public worship.” A link can be found: Please write to your MP about your frustration about the churches being closed. Planning for Opening of Churches. Detailed instructions on opening churches will be given when that time is appropriate.  At present there is a multi-faith task force, including Cardinal Vincent, working with the Government on this matter. Please see the following link for the Government’s latest comments on the task force and the reopening of places of worship:


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