Places of worship reopen for up to 50 people
Up to 50 people are now able to meet in places of worship are now able to re-open for communal worship, prayer and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.
However, there is a limit of 50 people in the building at one time, regardless of the capacity of the venue, and a maximum of 20 people allowed at weddings and funerals.
Worshippers from different households must stay at least two metres apart and any faith rituals are to be adapted to make them safe.
There is to be no singing, chanting or playing of wind instruments and sharing of items such as song or prayer books or prayer mats must to be avoided.
Places of worship must also take worshippers’ contact details to share with Test and Protect in case of an outbreak.
Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “I know it has been very difficult for our faith communities to be unable to come together in their places of worship during such challenging times.
“This was, of course, necessary due to the pandemic and I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience.
“We have continued to engage closely with and listen to our faith communities throughout this period and we understand the important role of congregational worship in supporting spiritual wellbeing.
“The updated guidance reflects the evolving scientific and health advice and has been developed in consultation with leaders and representatives of Scotland’s faith and belief communities.”