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Carol singing allowed once lockdown ends

Carol singing allowed once lockdown ends

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Three generation family are doing door-to-door carol singing. There is a senior woman at the door, appreciating their singing.
Carol singers will have to stay outside (Picture: Graham Oliver)

Carol singers have been told that their festive tradition can go ahead once Englands lockdown ends.

Nativity plays and door-to-door singing will be allowed from December 2, a Church of England representative explained.

Andrew Selous, a Conservative MP who speaks on behalf of the church in the House of Commons, suggested the green light has been given to carol singers – as long as social distancing guidelines are followed and it takes place outdoors.

Speaking during church commissioners’ questions, Mr Selous told the Commons: From December 2 places of worship can reopen for public worship and churches and cathedrals can now approach Advent and Christmas with certainty. Clergy have already demonstrated that they’ve made their buildings Covid-secure and many cathedrals and churches are planning to have multiple services to accommodate more people as less are allowed in each service.

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He continued: The further good news is that while indoor singing is limited to performers only, we can all take part in outdoor and door-to-door singing, staying two metres apart or away from the threshold. 

Nativity plays for under-18s are permitted in accordance with the performing arts guidance.

Cambridge University’s King’s College told Metro.co.uk this afternoon that it expects its carol service to go ahead this year, but that it would be behind closed doors.

During the second national lockdown, communal worship was banned across England, though individual prayer was allowed to take place. 

School children from local schools perform in the traditional nativity play hosted in a barn at Pennywell Farm Activity Centre near Buckfastleigh on December 11 2008 in Devon, England.
Nativity plays for under-18s are permitted in accordance with the performing arts guidance. (Picture: Getty Images)

Religious leaders hit out at the restrictions, and some even tried to go ahead with services

It is thought that singing can increase the risk of spreading the virus, since it can spread more droplets through the air.

However, the risk is dramatically reduced outside.

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