The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted it was a mistake to impose such stringent restrictions on churches at the beginning of the pandemic.
He has expressed regret at not advocating for churches to be kept open to clergy and for individual prayer, during the first lockdown.
He has told the Financial Times that he got quite a few things wrong at the beginning but then learnt quite quickly.
Christian Today reports, after the first lockdown, churches across the country were forced to move worship online.
Since then, the Church has hailed virtual services in attracting newcomers.
The Archbishop says once the pandemic is over, the church will have to “go on doing hybrid stuff” to hopefully encourage newcomers to attend in-person services.
Archbishop Welby has been serving as chaplain at St Thomas’ Hospital in London during the pandemic.