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Boris Johnson gives final Covid warning to churchgoers ahead of reopening

by Marcus Jones

The Prime Minister has said he's delighted to see places of worship reopening for public gatherings after the lockdown period.

As part of this phase of easing restrictions, churches are free to open for public worship from 4th July as long as their buildings are 'Covid secure'.

It means capacities have been reduced to encourage social distancing while normal practices such as singing, communion and offerings are being advised against.

Writing on Twitter, Boris Johnson welcomed their reopening. He said: "Places of worship are at the heart of so many communities, which is why I am delighted that thousands of churches, mosques, synagogues, gurdwaras and temples are preparing to welcome back their congregations safely for communal prayer and religious practice.

The Prime Minister did however have one final warning for those looking to take part in public worship on Sunday.

"Places of worship have been working hard to make their buildings COVID-19 Secure," he said. "But please check yours is ready before you leave home and work with them to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe."

While the vast majority of churches won't be opening this Sunday, some have indicated they will run services for a small group of people.

At Canterbury Cathedral, Justin Welby will lead morning Eucharist, although those wishing to attend must pre-book online.

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