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Latest guidance on singing


The latest guidance for Places of Worship was published on 11 January and it should be noted that guidance for singing in churches in England has been updated in the light of current restrictions.

The following is a summary:

Where singing or chanting is essential to an act of worship, this should be limited to one person wherever possible. Exceptionally, where it is essential to the service, up to three individuals should be permitted to do so. Strict social distancing should be observed and the use of plexi-glass screens should be considered to protect worshippers, and each other.

Communal singing should not take place. This applies even if social distancing is being observed or face coverings are used.

Chanting, shouting and/or playing of instruments that are blown into should also be avoided in communal worship and in rehearsals.

Where communal singing plays a big part in worship, and recordings are available, we suggest you use these as an alternative to live singing.

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