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Carol concerts are up for grabs this Christmas due to social distance, Bishops of the Church of England say

According to an announcement by the Bishops of the Church of England, according to the announcement of the Bishops of the Church of England, large traditional Christmas carols that will charm millions of people during the Christmas season will be banned.

Church leaders should warn that because of social distance restrictions, services during Advent in December and Christmas will “inevitably look very different.”

Carol services with large choirs and enthusiastic singing by the congregation, often accompanied by band accompaniment, are by far the most popular events in the year of the Church of England.

More than 5.5 million people visited them in 2018, according to the latest figures – about eight times the number going to CofE churches on average on Sundays.

Church leaders should warn that due to social distance restrictions, services during Advent in December and Christmas will inevitably look very different. ¿Pictured: King's College choirboys prepare for Christmas Eve service in 2011

Church leaders should warn that because of social distance restrictions, services during Advent in December and Christmas will “inevitably look very different.” Pictured: King’s College choirboys preparing for Christmas Eve service in 2011

More than 5.5 million people attended in 2018, according to the latest figures. Pictured: warning tape can be seen in the empty Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, in Hertford, while social distance measures are being prepared

More than 5.5 million people attended in 2018, according to the latest figures. Pictured: warning tape can be seen in the empty Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, in Hertford, while social distance measures are being prepared

More than 5.5 million people attended in 2018, according to the latest figures. Pictured: warning tape can be seen in the empty Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, in Hertford, while social distance measures are being prepared

But the Whitehall-imposed church services after the closing of the closure currently say that there should be no chants or choirs in places of worship, and that wind instruments, such as recorders or trumpets often played by children, should not be used.

Virus can linger in the air for hours, scientists say

By Eleanor Hayward for the Daily Mail

“Emerging” evidence shows that Covid-19 can spread through tiny particles that remain in the air for hours, the World Health Organization said yesterday.

Previously, it had insisted that the virus was primarily spread through large droplets released through coughing and sneezing that fell to the ground within two meters.

But the agency came back after it came under pressure from scientists who believe that Covid-19 can be carried by micro-droplets that float in the air and can be inhaled.

The WHO yesterday recognized the possibility of air transmission in “crowded, closed, poorly ventilated environments”. This has significant implications for guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as hand washing and social distance are not effective in reducing air transmission.

Unlike drops that settle on hard surfaces, micro-drops can linger in the air for hours after being expelled by breath or speech. They can also travel further than two meters, making good ventilation important and potentially endangering customers of cafes and restaurants.

An infectious disease specialist said yesterday that the WHO was waiting to examine the results of studies into the risks. Professor David Heymann, who is based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, added, “One is to place an animal that can be infected with this virus in different places in rooms in hospitals or anywhere else, to see if those animals get infected, and that happens to hamsters. ‘

WHO changed its position after 239 scientists from 39 countries wrote an open letter highlighting the potential risks of small respiratory particles.

Professor Benedetta Allegranzi, chief infection prevention officer at the international agency, responded, saying, “We recognize that there is emerging evidence in this area.

“We must be open to this evidence and understand its implications.”

They say there should be only one singer behind a screen, and the rules recommend that churches use recorded music in services.

The recognition that the great services that are a central Christmas highlight for many will not happen will be made to the Parliament of the Church of England, the General Synod, which will meet at an emergency online meeting over the weekend.

Senior figures face a battery of sometimes hostile questions from laymen and clergy, many of which are critical of the way churches were closed during closure.

The bishop leading the church’s efforts to reopen, the Bishop of London, Reverend Reverend Sarah Mullally, will tell Synod: “Advent and Christmas will inevitably look very different.

“Assuming church buildings are open to worship, gatherings will need to be smaller to allow for social distance, with logistical challenges around cleaning, managing people flows, etc.”

Dame Sarah, a former nurse in charge of the Department of Health, added: “Resources for individual use and national online services will be produced by the national digital team.

In addition, guidelines are currently being prepared for parishes.

For example, churches that have traditionally welcomed large numbers for a Christmas service may find they have to offer several.

“Capacity issues can mean they should be easier and easier to manage than they used to be.”

Dame Sarah opened the prospect that many churchgoers will be offered Christmas carols, but only on their computer screens: “It may well be that a larger portion of our population wants to be worshiping this Christmas, whether online or offline.”

The 5.5 million people who attended a carol service in 2018 were only worshipers in the Church of England. Similar restrictions on Christmas carols will apply to services in the Roman Catholic and other churches.

Among the congregations of the Anglican Christmas carols were three million who went to school or public services, and 2.55 million who went to church songs.

Another 2.4 million people attended CofE Christmas Day services, exactly double the number of congregations at the festival that Christians consider the most important, Easter.

There were no Easter services this year and instead the Archbishop of Canterbury, Reverend Reverend Justin Welby, led an online ceremony from his kitchen at Lambeth Palace.

Questions posed by Synod included angry demands to know why churches were closed even to their own clergy during the closure.

Barriers to church services imposed by Whitehall after the relaxation of the closure currently say that there may be no hymns or choirs in places of worship. Pictured: Dean of York, Right-wing revolution Dr. Jonathan Frost leads the first public holy communion held in York Minster since the expansion

Barriers to church services imposed by Whitehall after the relaxation of the closure currently say that there may be no hymns or choirs in places of worship. Pictured: Dean of York, Right-wing revolution Dr. Jonathan Frost leads the first public holy communion held in York Minster since the expansion

Barriers to church services imposed by Whitehall after the relaxation of the closure currently say that there may be no hymns or choirs in places of worship. Pictured: Dean of York, Right-wing revolution Dr. Jonathan Frost leads the first public holy communion held in York Minster since the expansion

There were no Easter services this year and instead the Archbishop of Canterbury, Reverend Reverend Justin Welby, led an online ceremony from his kitchen at Lambeth Palace. Pictured: Worshipers social distance during the first public Holy Communion held in York Minster since closing measures were put in place

There were no Easter services this year and instead the Archbishop of Canterbury, Reverend Reverend Justin Welby, led an online ceremony from his kitchen at Lambeth Palace. Pictured: Worshipers social distance during the first public Holy Communion held in York Minster since closing measures were introduced

There were no Easter services this year and instead the Archbishop of Canterbury, Reverend Reverend Justin Welby, led an online ceremony from his kitchen at Lambeth Palace. Pictured: Worshipers social distance during the first public Holy Communion held in York Minster since closing measures were put in place

In response, Archbishop Welby has to say that the closure will be reviewed without legal advice. He adds, “While praying in a church building is very important to clergy (and others), it cannot be considered an essential practice.”

Further questions are critical of bishops who demanded the dismissal of the Prime Minister’s assistant, Dominic Cummings, on his journey to the Northeast during the closure through social media.

The bishops also have to admit to the synod that, although some subordinate clergy split off during the closure, the 116 CofE bishops did not consider taking a cut themselves.

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