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How COVID-19 Restrictions Affected Religious Groups Around the World in 2020


This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation (grant 62287).

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This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals.

Primary Researcher

Samirah Majumdar, Research Associate     

Research Team

Sarah Crawford, Research Assistant
Virginia Villa, Research Analyst        
Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research     
Anne Fengyan Shi, Senior Researcher


Christopher St. Aubin, Sarah Crawford, James E. Davis, Rachel Lipofsky and Nastassia Reed

Editorial and Graphic Design

Jeff Diamant, Senior Writer/Editor
Michael Lipka, Editorial Manager
David Kent, Senior Copy Editor
Rebecca Leppert, Editorial Assistant
Bill Webster, Senior Information Graphics Designer

Communications and Web Publishing

Stacy Rosenberg, Associate Director, Digital
Achsah Callahan, Communications Manager
Anna Schiller, Senior Communications Manager
Kelsey Beveridge, Communications Associate

Former research analyst Virginia Villa provided valuable assistance with number checking, and research assistant Christopher St. Aubin provided valuable assistance with fact checking.

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