REGIONAL MS Suzy Davies has written to First Minister Mark Drakeford to urge him to allow places of worship to re-open.
Mrs Davies, whose letter has also been signed by other Welsh Conservative Senedd members and community leaders, said that she was very worried about the emotional needs of people in Wales during this current lockdown.
She said: “We have been saying for some time that the risks of people catching Covid have to be balanced against the very real risk of many people suffering a major decline in their mental health and well-being.
“Places of worship for people of all faiths have been quietly providing emotional and spiritual support for many during the pandemic as well as practical assistance for those in real need.
“The fellowship and companionship to be found in acts of collective worship are often the only thing people have had to keep them going. We must remember that many people have suffered bereavement during this difficult time – whether caused by Covid or not – and restrictions on the way funerals have been permitted have also increased stress.
“Others living alone have also suffered from loneliness. Allowing places of worship to open will give people crucial help and support whilst making almost no difference to infection levels thanks to the social distancing and other measures like mask wearing which are in place.”
Mrs Davies said that she had been in touch with a number of churches, chapels, mosques and other places of worship in Bridgend and across South Wales West and they are all backing her call. She urged members of the public to back her campaign and get this ban overturned.