The UK government disclosed on Sunday that it will reopen places of worship “for private individual prayer” on June 15.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said services and worship groups remain banned for the time being due to concern that the virus spreads more quickly in enclosed spaces.
“People of all faiths have shown enormous patience and forbearance, unable to mark Easter, Passover, Ramadan or Vaisakhi with friends and family in the traditional way,” Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said in a statement.
“We are now able to move forwards with a limited but important return to houses of worship.”
Johnson’s government also intends to reopen all stores on June 15. Restaurants and pubs will be allowed to seat a limited number of customers in a week.
AFP reports that Britain’s official COVID-19 death toll of 40,465 is second only to that of the United States.
But cases across Europe have fallen off sharply and Britain is now cautiously proceeding with partial school reopening and the resumption of basic business activity that ended when the country shut down on March 23.