New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 6 March

This is the latest rolling weekly update covering the legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 during the week commencing 28 February 2021*.

Sunday 28 February to Saturday 6 March

Law and Religion UK

  • Law and religion round-up – 28 February. COVID-19: easing the lockdown in England & Scotland Reopening churches in Scotland; Review of coronavirus legislation; The EU Council, COVID-19 and human rights; An illegal religious gathering in Nottingham?

Church of England

Update: Thursday 04 March, 12.15

New FAQ:

  • What are the stages of the Government Roadmap? This refers to the document below and states: “We will provide more advice about how this will affect worship and other church activities as we receive information from government. These pages will be reviewed and updated as the changes come into effect.”

New Document:

  • Four step government roadmap. Based upon the Government’s Reopening Roadmap, published on 22 February 2021 [incorrect date on graphics]. 

Updated: Monday 22 February, 17.35

Following the Prime Minister’s statement to the Commons outlining the Government’s spring response, The Bishop of London has responded. The advice on this page will be reviewed and updated as changes come into effect.



Northern Ireland

  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment No.5) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021, SR 2021/46. These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 by permitting click and collect to operate for non-essential retail businesses if payments are completed at time of order, either online, phone, text or post. Also enable Government Departments to use Nightingale Courts, increases number of persons limit on outdoor gatherings from 6 to 10, from no more than 2 households, for the purpose of socialising which is not otherwise a sporting event and permits a customer’s carer to accompany them to pick up a Motability vehicle.

Isle of Man

The following four Government Circulars give legal effect to the lockdown provisions.

Acknowledgements to Peter Edge for bringing these to our attention.

House of Lords, 4 March 2021

  • Question:  The Lord Bishop of Leeds,  “…Can the Minister offer a roadmap for when singing by choirs and congregations will once again be allowed, with sufficient time to prepare?”
  • Response: Lord Bethel, “…we will be led by public health advice in this matter. I do not have a date for his roadmap, I fear, but his considerations are very much understood in the department.”

Royal School of Church Music

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

  • Roadmap to Ringing Resumption, 26 February 2021. The government’s four stages out of lockdown to 21 June, at the earliest, and the potential impacts for bell ringers.

Adam Wagner’s summary of COVID-19 legislation

* 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 6 March" in Law & Religion UK, 2 March 2021,

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