Hospitality venues in places of worship in England can open for 'table service'.

While most hospitality venues are closed or open for take-out only under England’s coronavirus lockdown, new guidance published yesterday highlighted an exception.

According to the guidance published by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, hospitality venues – such as cafes – can open in places of worship with table service.

The guidance states customers should observe social distancing and that there should be “minimal contact” between customers and staff.

Government guidance for places of worship in England

England is currently under a national lockdown, with people told to stay at home and to go out only for limited reasons such as shopping for food and medicines, exercise, or to work if they cannot do so from home. However, there is increasing concern that the restrictions are not being observed strictly enough.

British hospitals are under more pressure than at any other time since the start of the pandemic, with infection rates continuing to increase daily.