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    Q1003: Are places of worship / community centres / crematoriums allowed to remain open during the Coronavirus emergency?

    During the 'emergency period', a church / place of worship must close, with certain exceptions. They can be used:

    • for funerals.
    • to broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast.
    • to provide essential voluntary services or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency).

    During the 'emergency period', community centres must close, except where they are being used to provide essential voluntary activities or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency).

    Crematoriums must be closed to members of the public, except for funerals and burials. The grounds surrounding a crematorium , including any burial ground or garden of remembrance can remain open.

    The 'emergency period began on 26th March 2020. An end date has not yet been specified, but this is being reviewed at least every 21 days.
    Failing to comply with the above rules is an offence and can result in a fine.

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