A couple of extracts from the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 regulations that apply to our church.
From 8 January 2021 it will be a legal requirement for places of worship located within an area having Level 4 restrictions to close for communal worship and individual prayer, until further notice. This means that places of worship are effectively closed for both congregational worship and individual prayer. We are well aware of how important communal worship is to people, but we believe that this restriction is necessary to reduce the risk of transmission.
However, they can remain open for the purpose of broadcasting a service, conducting a funeral, marriage or civil partnership registration, or for a commemorative event for a person who has died. For further details, please refer to guidance on wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations and funeral services.
Individuals must continue to be physically distanced from others not in their household/extended household group when carrying out these activities. (See the original document)
Those organising a funeral or advising others on attendance at a funeral service, should review and take into account all of the following:
In-person attendance at funeral services is currently limited to a maximum of 20 people in all areas of Scotland. This is not including the funeral director, venue staff or celebrant but, it does include children of all ages and any person hired by the family. Numbers of attendees will also be based on the size of the venue and its ability to maintain strict physical distancing measures, so the number able to attend may be less than the maximum number for the area.