Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches
Last updated Tuesday 30 June at 9:00
Following the publication of Government guidance, we are updating our advice, and will publish this shortly.
Whilst some Government guidance has been revised, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
The Recovery Group's statement on 6June 2020 addresses the Government’s announcement that places of worship can open up for supervised private individual prayer from 15 June.
Please read the detailed guidance below to ensure all activities are conducted in a safe and hygienic way.
Temporary changes have been made to DBS identity checking guidelines, as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). These changes are with immediate effect.
- Keeping church buildings clean
- Q&A on individual prayer by members of the public in church buildings
- Personal risk factors to clergy, church workers and volunteers
- Conducting funerals
- Conducting weddings
- Conducting baptisms
- Conducting ordinations
- Administering Holy Communion
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Pastoral support in the community including care homes
- Safeguarding FAQs
- Using church buildings for individual prayer and funerals (This combines previous Access to church buildings during lockdown: advice for incumbents and Access to church buildings during lockdown: general advice for incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members into a single guidance document)
- Permissions for temporary works in churches and cathedrals
- Opening church buildings for works to the building and interior (This combines Access to church buildings for building maintenance and Church and cathedral building access for construction work into a single guidance document)