COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 17 April

This is the latest rolling weekly update covering the legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 during the week commencing 11 April 2021*.

Sunday 11 April to Saturday 17 April

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.




Northern Ireland



Church of England

Last updated: Friday16 April, 14:07

Updated documents:

Updated: Wednesday 14 April, 16:30§

Updated FAQs:

  • How can I get a lateral flow test? in the General section. Links to NHS web site.
  • Is singing permitted? in the Prayer and Worship section. Incorporates changes from April 12, and links to RSCM Guidance of April 8.

Updated: Monday 12 April, 13:37

Other churches and faith organizations

Muslim Council of Britain

  • Ramadan 2021. Ramadan will be from 12/13 April 2021 to 12/13 May 2021 (depending on moon sightings). See #SafeRamadan 2021 Guide for advice on COVID-19 related and other issues. (9 April 2021).

Food Standards Agency

Law and Religion UK

  • Law and religion round-up – 11 AprilProvisions on His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh relating to COVID-19, reproduced above. Explanation of the update to our post COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance
  • Law and religion round-up – 18 April. Under Wakefield Cathedral and COVID-19, this notes that religious or belief-based commemorative events, such services commemorating the life of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are restricted to 15 people in attendance. These provisions limiting attendance to 15 will be relevant to any church, cathedral or other place of worship which intends to hold such an event. However, the Guidance documents indicate “[a]nyone working is not counted in these limits”. 

Post last updated,  18 April 2021 at 07:15.

* 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 “§“.

Material from the earlier Coronavirus updates – index was transferred to this post on 20 August 2020 at 18:04, to which further updates continues to be added. On 2-3 April 2021, COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance was revised and reordered; the version, as at Friday 2 April at 17:51, archived on 5 April 2021 at 09:39 is available here. The latest additions are added at the end of each group of items, with the exception of those from the Church of England, which reflect the order of the guidance documents on the Church’s web pages.

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, "COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 17 April" in Law & Religion UK, 12 April 2021,

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