COVID-19: legislation and guidance, October update

This post includes a rolling update of new legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 during October 2021 *.





Northern Ireland



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Church of England

Updated: Monday 4th October, 13.40 §

New FAQs added:

  • Are there specific restrictions for Remembrance Sunday services? No, but please refer to general guidance for worship and liaise with and participating organisations when planning to conduct services in a safe way.
  • Will churches use vaccine certification / vaccines passports? The Government’s Winter Plan makes it clear that vaccination certification will not be required for communal worship, wedding ceremonies, funerals and other commemorative events, even in the event of ‘Plan B’ measures coming into effect. While the Church is, in principle, opposed to making use of vaccine certification, it should adopt a flexible approach to their limited wider use with the important caveats that such use ought to be demonstrably beneficial to society as a whole, protective of the vulnerable in particular, non-discriminatory in nature and proportionate in use…for more information please see Submission to the Government’s consultation on vaccine certification.§
  • How do I get a flu vaccine? If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu. If you want to know if you qualify for a free flu vaccine and where to get one please see the NHS flu vaccine guidance.§

Law and Religion UK

Post last updated,  6 December 2021 at 15:10.

* Information on COVID-19 on L&RUK

These updates are now published at the start of each month; they are not reissued, but new items are added as they become available, providing a “rolling update” of the latest developments. 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 monthly updates yet to be added are marked “§“.  The updates for the earlier updates 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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