Carol singers will not face any Silent Nights this Christmas after ministers ruled they can still go from door to door.

Although indoor singing will be banned except for choirs and professionals, amateurs will still be able to belt out Ding Dong Merrily On High – if they keep 2m apart.

And as one joker observed online: “Great...first they announce the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special and now we’ve got carol singers too ffs!

“What are they going to allow next for a Covid Christmas...French kissing granny under the mistletoe?’’

Singers must remain socially distanced

Churches were last night hurriedly trying to arrange outdoor carol services, with school grounds, church property and even graveyards set to be used.

The rules also allow nativity plays.

Church chief Andrew Selous told MPs: “Clergy have already demonstrated they’ve made their buildings Covid-secure.”

Another web user quipped: “No chance of a silent night then.’’

Carol singing will be allowed ahead of Christmas day

The Bishop of London, the Right Rev Sarah Mullally, said: “Advent and Christmas this year will not be the same.

“But having outdoor congregational singing and indoor carol services with choirs is a reasonable balance.”

Official figures show the UK has recorded 16,022 new cases and a further 521 people have died after testing positive.