Opening our churches

For all the latest guidance on opening our churches.

Last updated: 19 October 2020

Statement from the Church of England (15:40, 15 Oct 2020): “Since Wednesday October 14, a new three-tier risk alert system for COVID-19 has been in place in England. An at-a-glance guide to the restrictions for churches is available. We will study Government detailed Government guidance when it is available and amend our advice as necessary.”

Updated documents:

Recent changes

New or updated Q&As:

  • ‘Can we turn our heating on?’ in the Fabric and building maintenance section
  • Can we still hold a Remembrance Sunday service? in the Prayer and worship section
  • Can confirmations still go ahead?’ in the Life events section
  • ‘Can funerals still go ahead?’ in the Life events section
  • ‘Can weddings still go ahead?’ in the Life events section
  • ‘Can baptisms still go ahead?’ in the Life events section

Documents:

Test and Trace guidance

In order to support the NHS Test and Trace programme, contact details for all visitors must be taken, as well as recording times entering and leaving the place of worship.

You can download the Government’s template consent form guidelines for places of worship and those handling sensitive information from their website or download the guidance and templates can be downloaded individually below.

Liturgical resources

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