COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 15 May

This post includes a rolling update of new legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 during the week commencing 9 May 2021 *.

Sunday 9 May to Saturday 15 May 2021



Also removes the restrictions on leaving the United Kingdom, and amends restrictions set out in Schedule 3 to the Steps Regulations to increase the number of people who are able to attend a parent and child group or a support group, to remove the limits on the number of people who may attend a funeral, to permit gatherings necessary to enable a student to move to another household for the purposes of a vacation before 30th June 2021 and to amend the restriction on organising a large gathering outdoors so that it only applies when there are more than 50 people in the gathering.

Furthermore, amends the Steps Regulations to remove savings provisions in regulations 21 and 23 which are unnecessary because they replicate the effect of section 16 of the Interpretation Act 1978(a).

Guidance &c


Church of England

  • Last updated Friday May 14, 15:27

    From Monday May 17, England moves to Stage Three of the Government’s ‘reopening’ roadmap. For places of worship this will involve some changes – notably a rise in the numbers permitted at funerals, up to the Covid-safe capacity of the building, and a maximum of 30 attendees at weddings.

    Government guidance on Places of Worship is being updated and we will update our guidance accordingly on May 17. [This and other guidance has now been published and is reviewed in our post, infra].

  • Update: Wednesday 12 May, 17.00§

“Full review of guidance carried out, with some out-of-date or less helpful guidance removed as part of our ongoing streamlining of information on this page”. These changes have been made to COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance.


Law and Religion UK

Post last updated, 15 May 2021 at 14:07

* 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, and listed with the newest items last (unlike the CofE documents, infra); items in the weekly updates yet to be added are marked “§“.  The updates for the earlier weeks are here.

Church of England documents

Church of England documents are listed under their full title and issue number, in the same order as they appear on the Church’s web site.

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Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 15 May" in Law & Religion UK, 10 May 2021,

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