New COVID-19 legislation and guidance: to 1 August

This is the first of our weekly updates on the legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19; it is intended as a quick reference to the latest developments, and new items will be added throughout each week at the same time as they are included in COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance (II) which includes links to other weekly updates.

Sunday 26 July to Saturday 1 August

Law and Religion UK

Church of England

Advice last updated on Friday 31 July at 15:35, when it stated:

“The Prime Minister has outlined plans to make face coverings mandatory in Places of Worship from 8th August and has withdrawn guidance to permit indoor professional performances with immediate effect. We will study detailed government regulations and guidance once they are available and will update our guidance accordingly.

“In the meantime, we continue to strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing”.

This week’s FAQs include (scroll down):

  • New FAQ Should we wear a visor for presiding and preaching? in Prayer and worship section (27 July)
  • New FAQ What can we do about our annual parish meetings? in Finance and governance section (27 July).
  • New FAQ What are the first steps to take is be believe there has been a local breakout? (31 July).
  • Updated FAQ What guidance is in place for clergy, church workers and volunteers who are deemed to be at additional risk? in General section
  • Updated Document Personal Risk Factors for Clergy, Church Workers and Volunteers.

Other churches and faith organizations


Guidance and other relevant information

Information from other relevant bodies

Post last updated, 16:37, 1st August 2020. 

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "New COVID-19 legislation and guidance: to 1 August" in Law & Religion UK, 28 July 2020,

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