When the dust settles: Religion and belief

Last updated: 30 March 2020

Little has been written about the specific impacts of COVID-19 on people with different religions and beliefs.

However, in the UK, there is some overlap between religion and belief and the protected characteristic of race. For example, according to the 2011 census in England and Wales, 92.2% of Muslims were Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME). This means that many of the issues related to poverty, health, housing and employment that disproportionately impact BAME people also disadvantage people of particular religions.

In the UK, restrictions on public gatherings has meant that people cannot congregate in churches, attend Friday prayers at their mosque or visit their synagogue, temple or other religious site. Several major religious festivals take place in April, including Easter, Passover and the Hindu festival of Rama Navami. This has required religious leaders to adopt innovative approaches to engaging with their communities. Outside of the UK, for example, Aljazeera has reported on how COVID-19 is changing the ways Muslims worship across the world.

Other documented inequalities include:

  • Added as further inequalities are identified.