New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 19 December

This is the latest weekly update covering the legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19, and includes events to 19 December 2020*.

Sunday 13 December 2020 to Saturday 19 December 2020

Law and Religion UK

Church of England

Other churches and faith organizations

Church in Wales§

i] General Considerations under Alert Level 4: Places of worship may open for worship and private prayer but cannot open for general visitors. Detailed arrangements for worship remain largely unchanged (including music and organised singing) but gathering for outdoor activities is not permissible under Alert Level 4.

ii] Legislation, see below.

iii] Supplementary guidance from the Church in Wales:

iv] Specific Considerations for Christmas





Northern Ireland




  • Singing over the festive period . How to sing safely over the Christmas period, including carol singing and worship services.(10 December 2020).§
  • Places of Worship: (9 November 2020).§
  • Community Centres: (23 November 2020). §
  • Higher-level restrictions to come into force to control coronavirus. New Alert Level 4 restrictions will apply to all of Wales: all non-essential retail, including close contact services and all leisure and fitness centres will close at the end of trading on Christmas Eve; all hospitality premises will close from 6pm on Christmas Day; tighter restrictions on household mixing, staying-at-home, holiday accommodation and travel will apply from December 28, after the 5-day Christmas period. (16 October 2020).
  • Temporary closure of places of worship. Response to FOI request for a copy of all records relating to the decision to close places of worship during the fire break period that commenced on 23 October 2020. (16 December 2020).§

Other guidance

Post last updated, 20 December 2020 at 09:10. 

*Information on COVID-19 on L&RUK

These updates are published at the start of each week; they are not reissued, but new items are added throughout the week as they become available, providing a “rolling update” of the latest developments during the current week. They are also added to COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance which is  the main source of  information; those items in the weekly updates yet to be added are marked “§“.  The updates for the earlier weeks are here.

Church of England documents

For Church of England documents, the information on the document itself – date and version number – provides the best indication of the date on which it was issued.

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Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 19 December" in Law & Religion UK, 14 December 2020,


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