Pipe organs can be played in services
Pipe organs can now be played as part of marriage, funeral or worship services as Welsh Government eases its COVID-19 restrictions.
Congregational singing, however, is still not allowed, due to the risk of infection.
New guidance says the decision to use a pipe organ (which requires a limited amount of air to pass through the mechanism) should be based on a written risk assessment and adherence with social distancing, hand hygiene and cleaning guidance. A pipe organ may also be played for practice or maintenance purposes when the building is closed to the public.
The use of alternative instruments, such as an electronic keyboard or recorded music, should still be considered for services. However, musical instruments that are physically blown into, such as wind or brass instruments, are still not allowed.
While congregational singing is not allowed, the organ can accompany individual singers, provided they are shielded by a see-through screen.
A Church in Wales spokesperson said, "We are delighted Welsh Government has listened to us and eased its restriction on pipe organs. Music is a vital part of worship and, while we can't sing together, we can now at least hear and be inspired by these wonderful instruments. We are very grateful to all our organists for their patience and their commitment and also to our dedicated clergy and volunteers who help ensure all aspects of our church services conform to COVID-19 safety regulations."