New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 3 April

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

Sunday 28 March 2021 to Saturday 3 April 2021

Law and Religion UK

Church of England

Last updated: Wednesday 31 March, 17:25§

New Documents:

Updated Documents:

  • COVID-19 Advice on the Conduct of Public Worship, v 3.1. Update on version 3.0: on the 1st April the Government guidance for those shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable changes and it is intended that from the 12th April the guidance on supervised activities for children indoors will change. 12 and 13 have been changed to reflect this. (31 March 2021).
  • COVID-19 Advice for clergy conducting weddings, v6.0. Updates from version 5.6: this document has been edited following the publication of the Government’s four-step plan for coming out of lockdown on the 22nd February and further guidance on for weddings published on the 22nd March. (310 March 2021).
  • COVID-19 Outdoor Worship and Churchyards, V 6.0. Update from version 5.1: on the 29th March new outdoor guidance came into force from the Government as part of their 4 step plan to come out of lockdown. This has changed what can be done with singing in worship (2) and the number of people who can gather in an outdoor space (3). An additional FAQ (8) has been added to clarify the position on face coverings.
  • COVID-19 NHS Test & Trace Data, v4.1. Changes from version 4.0: changes in Government guidance indicate that the contact details of every member of a group should be collected rather than those of one member unless they have recorded their attendance using the NHS Test & Trace app.

Update FAQS:

  • Is singing permitted? in the Prayer and Worship section.
  • Is there any guidance concerning our APCM meeting? in Finance and governance section

Update: Friday 26 March, 15:11

Updated Documents:

  • COVID-19 Advice on the Conduct of Public Worship, v3. Update on version 2.8: on the 26th March the Government updated its guidance for places of worship reflecting the next step in the Government’s four step plan. This document has been updated to reflect that particularly with singing (18). (26 March 2021).
  • COVID-19 Advice for clergy conducting weddings, v6.0. Updates from version 5.6: this document has been edited following the publication of the Government’s four step plan for coming out of lockdown on the 22nd February and further guidance on for weddings published on the 22nd March. (26 March 2021).

Update FAQS:

  • Is singing permitted? in the Prayer and Worship section
  • Can weddings go ahead? in Life Events section

Other churches and faith organizations

Roman Catholic Church, EW

Legislation

England

  • House of Commons Library: The coronavirus timeline: Measures taken by the House of Commons, The coronavirus timeline sets out the Commons’ response to the pandemic, including key ‘lock down’ dates and changes to the way parliamentarians worked. It includes links to the relevant debates in Hansard, Speaker’s Statements, Procedure Committee reports, the ‘Members’ Guide to hybrid proceedings’ and correspondence on proceedings during the pandemic. 29 March, 2021.

Wales

Scotland

Guidance

England

Wales

Post last updated,  2 April 2021 at 08:38.


* 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 3 April" in Law & Religion UK, 30 March 2021, https://lawandreligionuk.com/2021/03/30/new-covid-19-legislation-and-guidance-to-3-april/

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