Law and religion round-up – 17th May

The week in which, amid some controversy, the Government began easing the lockdown in England…

Easing the lockdown

The Government published its plan for a gradual easing of the lockdown (which, it should be noted, applies only in England). In response, the Institute for Government produced a brilliant one-page graphic summarising a somewhat rambling and confused document, here. [With thanks to Dr Hannah White.]

Reopening churches

Following the Prime Minister’s Address on coronavirus on 10 May 2020, the UK Government issued a further tranche of advice on the relaxation of some of the restrictions imposed during the initial phase of lockdown. Those relating to public places such as places of worship are unlikely to take place before 4 July, leaving church leaders little scope for comment at the present time. The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, commented, “We are examining what steps we will need to take to do so safely and are actively planning ahead in preparation”. Continue reading