England: Churches to reopen for services and weddings with 30 people from 4th July

The Prime Minister of England Boris Johnson announced in the House of Commons that churches will be allowed to reopen for services and weddings with a maximum of 30 people from 4th July.

He also announced the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers.

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He said: “I know that many have mourned the closure of places of worship. And this year Easter Passover, and Eid all occurred during the lockdown. So, I’m delighted that places of worship will be able to re-open for prayer and services, including weddings, with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.”

The PM took advantage of the opportunity to talk about social distancing. People has to be two metres from each other. However, the PM reduced the rule to “one metre plus”.

Besides that, he made social contact advice “guidance” rather than legislation. With this, he allowed people from two households of any size to meet up indoors and outdoors from 4th July.

Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres are part of some of the other activities that will open in line with churches.

“We will also work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live performances as soon as possible,” Johnson added.

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