Sir David Amess, Member of Parliament for Southend West, has welcomed the Government's announcement that places of worship are to be allowed to reopen.
The Government has announced that places of worship are to be allowed to re-open for private prayer from Monday 15th June. Communal acts of worship remain prohibited. Sir David has been a strong advocate of re-opening places of worship as soon as possible. The announcement this weekend followed Sir David’s call for a debate on this topic at Business Questions on Thursday 4th June.
Following the announcement, Sir David commented: “I welcome the news that the Government is finally allowing places of worship to re-open. For so many people, their faith is an integral part of their life, providing solace, direction and comfort. I know that the opportunity to go and pray at this difficult time will be appreciated by many, including myself. However, I do think that it is important that places of worship be allowed to hold communal services as soon as possible, and I will continue to push for this.”