With the announcement on 4th January 2021 of a new lockdown for England to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Cardinal welcomed the decision to keep churches open for common worship. In a statement, he said:
'The regular practice of our faith in God is a well-established source of both personal resilience and dedicated service of those in need. Such resilience and enduring service are vital in these difficult circumstances.
'I am glad that no measures have been introduced that would obstruct or curtail this essential source of energy for the common good. Catholic parishes will continue to serve the needs of their local community. In one parish, for example, the provision of food for the needy has increased by 400% since March last year.'