New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 10 April

This is the latest rolling weekly update covering the legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 during the week commencing 4 April 2021. See the note below on the on-going update of COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance*.

Sunday 4 April to Saturday 10 April 2021

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Following the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 9 April, there will be an eight-day period of mourning until the funeral at St George’s Windsor on Saturday 17 April. As a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified Funeral and ceremonial arrangements are in place: the Cabinet Office has produced Guidance for the Period of National Mourning; the Church of England has issued Guidance for parish churches; and the Central Council of Church Bellringers has posted advice on the ringing of bells over this period.



  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and, SI 2021/455. These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (“Steps Regulations”), to move England from the Step 1 area to the Step 2 area, so that the restrictions set out in Schedule 2 to the Steps Regulations apply in England with effect from 12th April 2021, the date on which these Regulations come into force.


Norther Ireland

Guidance &c

Church of England

Roman Catholic Church EW

Royal School of Church Music

“In line with guidance concerning schools and after school activities, children’s choirs activity are permitted from April 12th whether from one school or multiple schools. Children’s Choirs are well placed to keep consistent groups following Government advice for out of school settings.”


  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) – CCCBR. Update, 5 April. Detailed guidance is available in Guidance Notes section; and  also indicator on remainder of the roadmap timeline.

Law and Religion UK

Post last updated, 10 April 2021 at  19:24.

* 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; the updates for the earlier weeks are here and those items in the weekly updates yet to be added are marked “§“.

COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance has been revised and the version, as at Friday 2 April at 17:51, archived on 5 April 2021 at 09:39 is available here.

Church of England documents

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance page on the CofE web site includes a number of “documents”, FAQs, and other material. With regard to the “documents”, we use the information on the document itself – date and version number – since used since these provide the best indication of their provenance. The FAQs have no unique URL, and are grouped in a number of generic headings, which are subject to change.

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Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 10 April" in Law & Religion UK, 5 April 2021,

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