Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals: Attendance Restrictions

Church Commissioners – in the House of Commons on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Karl McCartney Karl McCartney Conservative, Lincoln

What recent discussions the Commissioners have had with Government Ministers on covid-19 attendance restrictions for baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Government have kept in constant touch with the Church of England, all denominations and all faiths throughout the pandemic. Dioceses, parishes and cathedrals are quickly notified of any changes to law or guidance.

Photo of Karl McCartney Karl McCartney Conservative, Lincoln

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer, but how can we ensure that we do not put any further restrictions on baptisms, weddings and funerals? Does my hon. Friend agree that those ceremonies must be supported and that we cannot have another six months of cancellations?

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner

I strongly agree with my hon. Friend. I am very pleased that baptisms, weddings and funerals can continue in some form in all three covid alert tiers. I am pleased that the Government recognise the huge significance of those services in people’s lives.