Last updated 9 December 2021

The introduction of Plan B measures in England, announced in a press conference by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 8 December, will have an impact on how churches operate. 

The measures do not prevent churches from undertaking any activities that they are currently doing, however, churches may wish to consider whether further steps in addition to the legally required ones noted below are worth implementing.


It will be legally required for facemasks to be worn in many more indoor public venues, including in churches. The usual exemptions apply to young children and those with medical reasons. In addition, those who are speaking from the front of church can take masks off while speaking. There is also a general exemption for those who are singing, including the whole of the congregation, to take off masks while singing if they wish. 

Church meetings that take place in private homes do not require facemasks. Similarly church activities for young people up to the age of 18 do not require face masks. 

If churches are serving refreshments in a separate venue, and that is the primary use for that venue, face masks are not required. Otherwise, facemasks can be removed when eating and drinking.

Covid passports

The introduction of Covid status certificates, also referred to as Covid passports, will not be used for entry into places of worship even if the numbers involved exceed the thresholds for their use in other venues.