Covid rules: Attendance at religious services increased

New measures mean that places of worship can allow one person to every three seats, rather than a maximum of 30 people

3 December 2020
By Connexion journalist

The limit of 30 people allowed to attend religious services during lockdown has been eased, to be replaced by a rule involving seat positions.

Now, places of worship will have to ensure that there are at least two seats free between each person or members of a household and that only one row of seats out of two is used. 

This will probably allow places of worship to host more people at religious services than before due to the size of the rooms. 

The decision was announced by interior minister Gérald Darmanin on Wednesday, December 2. 

There are ongoing negotiations taking place between the government and religious groups to prepare for the next phase of deconfinement, set to take place on December 15. 

Read more:

12 questions on France's easing of lockdown measures

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
Brexit and Beyond for Britons in France*
Featured Help Guide
What the Brexit deal means for UK residents of France, second homeowners and visitors in 2021 and after
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now