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Worshippers may be banned from singing hymns when they return to church to stop spread of coronavirus


WORSHIPPERS could be banned from singing hymns when they return to church, synagogues and mosques.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said he was talking to faith leaders about how to reopen places of worship safely.

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He suggested churches might have to cordon off parts of their venue to make them a Covid-friendly environment.

Places of worship would also need to ensure regular cleaning and limit congregation numbers at any one time.

Mr Jenrick said: "We certainly don't want large gatherings in places of worship particularly because of the demographic in some faiths.

"Because of singing hymns and so on, which can lead to exhalation can create particular problems."

He added: "I understand how important it is for millions of people in this country.

"I can understand how people of faith would consider it strange that shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, many other settings, might be open in the weeks and months ahead, but not somewhere as important as a place of worship."


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