Communal worship and Remembrance Day in England: stop press

In our post earlier today, we pointed out the apparent conflict between the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s guidance on Local authority preparations for Remembrance Sunday and Part 5 of the Westminster Government’s guidance, New National Restrictions from 5 November, which was updated on 1 November.

All has now been resolved. In his statement to the House of Commons this afternoon, the Prime Minister said this:

“Places of worship can open for individual prayer, funerals and formal childcare but sadly not for services. However, Remembrance Sunday events can go ahead, provided they are held outside, and observe social distancing” [our emphasis].

Presumably, that is conclusive.

Update: The MHCLG Guidance was updated on 3 November, following which The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England)(No. 4) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1200 were published.