Church of England Urges Government to Allow Singing in Church as Coronavirus Appears to Fade

The Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Cathedral of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England and religious leader of the Church of England. | (PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/HANS MUSIL)

The Church of England is urging that singing be allowed in churches as soon as possible in light of the receding COVID-19 pandemic.

Current guidance from the government of the United Kingdom states that singing and playing instruments, other than the church organ, ought to be avoided amid official reviews of the latest available scientific and medical advice about which activities can be managed safely, according to The Bristol Live.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick warned last month of the problem of exhalation spreading droplets further during the singing of hymns and thus increasing the likelihood of a further disease spread.

Along with the Royal School of Church Music, the Church of England is encouraging the government to be proactive to ensure making music can resume in churches once it is safe.

“We know that for church musicians this remains a difficult time and many are anxious to know the date it will be possible to sing and play together again,” said Sarah Mullally, the bishop of London.

“We are encouraging the Government to be alert to the consequences of our choirs’ continued silence – and to take a proactive approach to allowing singing to return to our churches and cathedrals as soon as it is possible to do so safely.

“This way we can safeguard our choral tradition which many believe to be the finest in the world.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter