Jacob Rees-Mogg 'broke Covid rules by crossing tiers to go to church'

Jacob Rees-Mogg has come under fire for crossing coronavirus tiers to attend a church service.

The Leader of the Commons was spotted at a Latin mass in Glastonbury Somerset, which is under tier four rules, 15 miles away from his home in West Harptree, which is in the less severe third tier.

People are allowed to attend church services in tier four areas, however Government guidance says people should not travel between tiers other than for a list of exceptional circumstances.

Father Bede Rowe, of St Mary’s catholic church, confirmed that he had seen him at the service. He said he did not speak to him, the Mirror reports.

After catching wind of Rees-Mogg’s visit on Sunday, writer Liz Williams, 55, from Glastonbury, said a number of people in the town were ‘very cross’.

She added: ‘While not as egregious as what Dominic Cummings did, he is still crossing from tier three to tier four just to go to mass, which we are told not to do.

‘I think the anger in town is the fact that not only is this not essential, even though he may argue differently as a Christian, but that he is actually a member of the Government that is setting this policy.

‘It just seems yet again like there is one rule for us and one rule for the rest of them.’

Under tier four rules, churches and other religious sites are allowed to stay open for ‘communal worship’.

However travel outside of these areas is not permitted except for work purposes, to travel to education or caring responsibilities, to visit those in your support or childcare bubble or for medical appointments or emergencies.

A spokesman for Jacob Rees-Mogg said: ‘The Leader of the House regularly attends the only old rite mass available in the Clifton diocese which meets his religious obligations.’

Yesterday saw Boris Johnson announcing a third national lockdown across England as a new and significantly more transmissible strain of Covid-19 rips through the country at an ‘alarming’ rate.

Places of worship are still allowed to stay open under the new set of rules, but people are told to stay at home other than for a list of exceptions, and to avoid travelling outside of their local area.

Those caught breaking lockdown travel rules face fines of £200 for the first offence, doubling up to £6,400 for further offences.

You can find the rules for the third national lockdown here.

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