Churches

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    Video caption: Mobile ringtone replaces sound of Swiss church bells

    A ringtone temporarily replaces the sound of bells as renovation work at a Lucerne church takes place.

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    Video caption: Covid-19: How churches are staying open this Christmas

    Churches are often full at Christmas but this year, due to the pandemic, things are different.

  3. Jersey in 'difficult position' to reopen places of worship

    Chief Minister John Le Fondre has said the government are "grappling" with the possibility of churches reopening.

    He said he believed the decision to close had originally be made "as a whole" by the Church of England.

    "That's one of the reasons why Jersey is in a difficult position from the perspective of not being able to ease in that area as quickly as we might like."

    Health Minister Richard Renouf said places of worships were "not being ignored" and the government was in discussions with faith leaders.

  4. Churches open for private prayer

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Anglican Dean of Guernsey has welcomed the States decision to reopen churches.

    Phase three of the easing of lockdown restrictions began on Saturday, allowing churches to open for private and individual prayer.

    Speaking on behalf of the Bailiwick's churches, the Very Reverend Tim Barker said he was pleased with the States' recognition that spiritual health is important for many people.

    Dean Barker and Father Bruce Barnes, the Catholic Dean, agreed to open churches from Monday to allow time for cleaning of churches that have been closed since late March.

    In some churches, access will be restricted to defined areas. Those visiting churches are required to observe social distancing and to use hand sanitising products.