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All restrictions on communal worship and singing in church to be lifted in England

by Chantalle Edmunds

The new health secretary Sajid Javid has announced all restrictions on communal worship and singing are set to come to an end in England on July 19.

Making the announcement in the Commons, as part of the wider lifting of restrictions, Mr Javid addressed worship directly and said: "There will be no limits on the number of people who can attend life events like weddings and funerals and there will be no restrictions on communal worship or singing," he said. 

There were noises of approval from MPs.

In a press conference Monday evening, Boris Johnson also confirmed face masks and social distancing will not be a legal requirement in England when the coronavirus restrictions ease further.

The Prime Minister's also said limits on capacity for live entertainment will go - as will the rule of six in homes.

Labour's called the plan "reckless".

The PM said he expected the final step to lift England out of lockdown would go ahead on July 19. This will be confirmed on July 12, after a review of the latest data.

The Government's top scientists have pledged to wear face masks in some situations as Boris Johnson said they would become voluntary from July 19 across England.

England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said he would wear a mask "under three situations, and I would do so, particularly at this point when the epidemic is clearly significant and rising."

He told a Downing Street briefing: "The first is in any situation which was indoors and crowded, or indoors with close proximity to other people."

He said he would also do so if he was asked by any "competent authority" and thirdly, as a "common courtesy" if others felt uncomfortable.

The news comes on the day findings were released of a poll carried out by Savanta ComRes showing that almost 60 percent of people supported a campaign by Premier Christian Communications (PCC) to overturn the ban on singing in churches across the country.

The poll found out of those questioned that by a ratio of well over 2:1, 57 percent to 24 percent, the public supported the campaign.

Peter Kerridge, CEO of PCC said: "It was thanks to your support for Premier's 'Sign to Sing' Campaign that this has been achieved. Thank you for making your voice heard!"

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