Places of worship reopen in Jersey

St John's Church Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's churches, synagogue and Muslim Community Centre are among the places of worship reopening this weekend.

Faith leaders have worked with the government to ensure the environment is safe.

Strict social distancing, limited congregations, reduced hours and no singing are among the restrictions which must be adhered to.

Dr Sarfraz Jamali, leader Jersey's Muslim Community. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's Muslim Community Centre reopens today (12 June) and has been described as "a welcome relief" by faith leaders.

Jersey’s synagogue will reopen on tomorrow (13 June).

Rev Mike Keirle, Dean of Jersey Credit: ITV Channel TV

During lockdown, congregations have gathered at home - watching sermons and services via video link.

The Dean of Jersey says this might have to continue for some members of the congregation who are deemed high risk and each faith group will need to make its own decisions about reopening.

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The relaxation of lockdown rules will also see weddings able to take place in places of worship from July 1, as long as Covid safety measures are in place.

The Home Affairs Minister, Constable Len Norman, has proposed changes to Jersey’s marriage and civil partnership law to protect guests, celebrants and couples.

The Superintendent Registrar will issue guidance to be followed during the solemnisation of a marriage or the registration of a civil partnership.