On Thursday 4th June, Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, spoke at Business Questions and called for the re-opening of places of worship.
As long as places of worship implement the necessary safety measures outlined in the Government’s guidelines and advice during this pandemic, they should be re-opened to allow religious individuals to pray accordingly.
Sir David said “Will my Rt Hon friend find time for a debate on the re-opening of places of worship. As we’re easing lockdown and will allow social distancing in shops, surely we can allow social distancing in places of worship which at this particular time mean even more to so many people”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg replied “I’m very grateful to my Hon friend for raising this question and I have heard what the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster has had to say, and he is a very important figure in this debate. He has called for places of worship to open. They do indeed offer a great deal of spiritual succor to many people and the Government is working with the churches to get them re-opened as soon as practicable. Having religious succor is going to be important to those who have faith”.