The Bishops had submitted detailed plans for churches to be open for private prayer as a first step towards their use for public worship.

The Government have stated that this may be possible by 4th July but not at this present time. Bishops have now stated that they will continue to press the Government for an earlier opening date. However for now, 4th July is the opening date for private prayer.

It is possible that the Bishops’ request will be granted and the churches may open earlier for private prayer, but not for public worship.