The Church of England has published its guidance on opening church buildings from 4th July. The document is not obvious from the main Government advice yesterday, leaving many to speculate that bells had been missed after all, however one of the accompanying documents details the procedures for opening Cathedrals and church buildings to the public from 4th July and says the following:
Can church bells be rung?
Yes, provided that guidance agreed between the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and the Church of England is followed. Please ensure your ringers have read the guidance and undertaken the ringing risk assessment.
The full document can be found here:
This is UK Government and Church of England guidance. We will be following up and looking for equivalent guidance for other territories.