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Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches

Last updated Friday 3 April at 16:05

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops have written to clergy in support of the measures and again on 27 March, requiring that churches must now close both for private worship and public services.

Our church buildings are therefore now closed for public worship, private prayer and all other meetings and activities except for vital community services until further notice.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. The FAQs below will be regularly updated, so please do keep checking back. When major changes are made we will publish updated through the national Church’s social media accounts.

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Diocesan FAQs

Registry FAQs

(This guidance is designed for clergy in the Diocese of the Winchester. If you are a member of the public and have queries about weddings, baptisms, funerals, or simply about how to keep in touch with and through your church at this time, you should contact your local parish.)

FAQs on the Church of England Website

Update from the National Safeguarding Team, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

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