During the first lockdown in Spring 2020, places of worship were treated, in many ways, the same as museums and art galleries. They were asked to physically close their buildings. When the new Tier system was announced in October, Tier 3 included the closure of our public museums and, while not explicitly asking places of worship to close, the rules restricted any congregational worship. Yet as the Christmas-crumbling December announcements of Tier 3 and 4 to many parts of the country were made, the museums all closed once again, while places of worship were now not only to remain open…

Hassan Vawda

Researcher in art, culture, community, religion and the art museum

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