A government official in the United Kingdom says worshippers will not be required to show proof of vaccination before entering church buildings as worship restrictions lift.
Stephen Greenhalgh, the UK's Faith Minister, says that reports to the contrary by Talk Radio in the country was wrong. Premier Christian News reports that the radio station suggested night clubs, cinemas and churches would need to check if visitors had been vaccinated.
"As faith minister I would like to make clear to everyone that the government is not going to make being double-jabbed a condition of entry to a place of worship," Greenhalgh says in a tweet. "Talk Radio has got this wrong."
As faith minister I would like to make clear to everyone that @GOVUK is NOT going to make being double-jabbed a condition of entry to a place of worship. @talkRADIO has got this wrong! https://t.co/ApiDGHWWf0— Stephen Greenhalgh (@team_greenhalgh) July 22, 2021
Restrictions have now been lifted in the UK for places of worship. Masks are no longer required and singing is once again allowed.
Vaccine minister Nadhim Zawahi says the country will be using vaccine passports in some situations. According to Premier, Zawahi said in the House of Commons, "Although we do not encourage its use in essential settings such as supermarkets, other businesses and organizations in England can adopt the pass as a means of entry, where it is suitable for their venue or premises and when they can see its potential to keep their clients or customers safe.
"For proprietors of venues and events where large numbers are likely to gather and mix with people from outside their household for prolonged periods, deploying the pass is the right thing to do. The pass has an important role to play in slowing the spread of the virus, so we reserve the right to mandate its use in future."