People at higher risk of complications from Covid-19 should avoid going to the Christmas service in person and instead watch them online, said the Archbishop of Canterbury

Since the 2nd December, places of worship may be opened on all levels Between the 23 and 27 December believers can attend services with members of their Christmas bubble

Worship services, including Christingle and midnight masses, can be held as long as social distancing requirements are met

Speaking to the Times, the venerable Justin Welby was asked about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request that people “think” about Christmas, what to do

“Or go online if you are vulnerable when you are at higher risk it has to be online”

Last month, the first official session of the General Synod, held online, was informed that some parishes have more than quadrupled since the lockdown began in March

Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell said the Church of England’s “online presence” since the lockdown began has been “incredible” and has “created all sorts of new denominations and new people who care about the life of the country Engage in faith “

Meanwhile, the Most Rev Welby spoke of his optimism that an end to “immense suffering” was near, but added that the aftermath could also be challenging

He told the Times, “We have had this colossal shock from Covid that has affected the economy, families, society, the NHS and all the things that we thought were supporting us”

“We’re starting to see the end of the Covid explosion, God willing, with the vaccine. Now we have the fallout and the fallout can be just as severe as the initial detonation”


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