"The Police Pagan Association, along with representatives of several other faiths, have approached the government seeking a definitive statement with regards to the rule of 6 and the exemption for religious gatherings. In short, we have been told that a response will not be forthcoming anytime soon, and that the rules do not require clarification.
"As it stands religious gatherings are exempt from the rule of 6 and, as Paganism is a recognised religion in the UK, any upcoming Mabon / Harvest rituals should be accommodated under this exception. There is, of course, the ongoing requirement to abide by social distancing, the use of masks and hand gel, and additional advice pertinent to Pagan rituals specifically with regards to not passing round a communal cup of mead or bread, for example. The additional risk that we, as Pagans, face is that we may be celebrating outdoors – albeit off of the beaten path – and may therefore be more likely to be challenged that those who are worshipping indoors.
"The exemption for religious gatherings has been well documented and circulated, and any queries should be directed to this legislation in the first and, in the unlikely event that Pagans are approached by the Police, the PPA is happy to be contacted directly if required to restate the status of Paganism as a religion, and the exemptions that comes with it. In the absence of a definitive statement for the government, please feel free to use this correspondence accordingly.
"Brightest Blessings to You and Yours Sgt 1158 Andrew Pardy Founding Chair, Police Pagan Association"