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Lancashire Resilience Forum no longer asking faith groups to refrain from group worship

Posted on - 5th March, 2021 - 3:14pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Politics, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
The City Mosque in North Road Pic: Tony Worrall
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Lancashire Resilience Forum have published a letter revising their decision to ask faith groups to not take part in group worship or faith-based education.

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This was due to England being put into a third lockdown.

However, despite this not being included within national lockdown restrictions Lancashire Resilience Forum wrote to all faith communities asking them to voluntarily close.

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The letter states: “As we have seen sustained reductions in Covid-19 cases and transmission rates across Lancashire, combines with reductions in hospitalisations and deaths and large uptake of the vaccine, we can now advise that – by maintaining Covid-safe practices – collective worship and congregational prayer can resume from Monday 8th March.

“The Department for Education has issued guidance that requires faith-based education, such as madrasahs, to continue online until 12 April at the earliest.”

St Mary's Church in Penwortham Pic: @janette__hall
St Mary’s Church in Penwortham Pic: @janette__hall

Other restrictions are due to start being eased on Monday (8th March) starting with all schools going back.

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The letter also includes that restrictions remain in place for people meeting before and after prayer.

They are also encouraging everyone who is eligible to get a vaccine when they can.

The letter said: “The vaccine is suitable for Muslims under halal conditions, and contains no animal products so is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.”

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