Welcome to our COVID-19 section
Following the Government's statement on planned dates for a four stage easing of lockdown, subject to scientific review, the current proposed roadmap is as follows:
Under current rules, weddings are only allowed in “exceptional circumstances”, such as for those with terminal illness or facing life-changing surgery and in England, 30 people are currently permitted to attend a funeral under the coronavirus regulations.
From Monday, March 8, rules around funerals will stay the same, proceeding with 30 attendees and six people allowed at wakes/stone settings/ash scatterings.
From that date, weddings will still be limited to six people, but will not be limited to exceptional circumstances.
After Monday, April 12, weddings and wakes/stone settings/ash scatterings 15 people will be allowed to attend, with funerals remaining at 30.
From Monday, May 17, the number of people permitted at weddings and funerals will be 30, also applying to other life events, such as christenings.
As mentioned, all legal limits on social contact at weddings and funerals will be lifted completely from Wednesday, June 21, subject to the outcome of scientific review.
Bishop Sarah Mullaly, Bishop of London, has issued a statement on behalf of the Church of England in response to the plans, which can be read here
Further guidance from the Diocese and the Church of England will be provided when available.
If you cannot find an answer to your Covid-19 questions on this section of the site, please email covid-19help [at] leeds.anglican.org (subject: Covid-19%20questions) . Your question will then be directed to someone who can provide you with a more detailed answer.
A prayer about the coronavirus outbreak, offered by the national church.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The latest advice and guidance from the Diocese and the Church of England can be found here.
The Church of England have recently been involved in conversations with charities and other organisations during this challenging time who are producing constructive advice/reminders about safeguarding for those they work with and support. Here is a short advice note to this effect that your parishes, PSOs and clergy may find useful. This will sit on the national website alongside other information that we are regularly updating.