UK TO REOPEN PLACES OF WORSHIP ON JUNE 15
The United Kingdom is opening its places of worship on June 15, three weeks ahead of its schedule as per its roadmap where it set a July 4 reopening.
In a tweet, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “From 15 June, places of worship will be able to reopen for individual prayer. As Communities Secretary, I have worked with faith leaders to make sure this can be done safely.
“Faith and prayer are sources of solace and comfort for millions of people in these uncertain times,” he tweeted.
Only private prayer will be allowed, weddings and other services will not be permitted and people will be expected to adhere to social-distancing rules.
Jenrick said it has been a “priority” to get places of worship to open again. He said people of all faiths have “shown enormous patience and forbearance” during the lockdown, unable to mark Easter, Passover, Ramadan or Vaisakhi in the traditional way.
Under the government’s road map for easing the lockdown, places of worship are not due to fully reopen until at least July 4.
As things stand, nonessential shops, including department stores, are due to reopen on June 15.