Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches

Last updated Monday 10 August at 15:59:

The following advice documents have now been published in finalised form. This advice had previously been issued as draft, pending confirmation of government guidance. This has now been published. Documents will continue to be updated to reflect future developments.

Whilst Government guidance has been revised to allow certain activities to take place in church buildings, 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 information on this page is regularly updated, so please check back to ensure you have the latest guidance. When major changes are made, we will publish update through the Church of England Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Please read the detailed guidance below to ensure all activities are conducted in a safe and hygienic way.

FAQs

Prayer and worship

Can churches open for individual prayer?
Can churches hold services of worship?
Who needs to wear a face covering during services?
Praying and live streaming from church buildings
Copyright licence details for live streaming
What liturgical resources are available?
Can organists enter church buildings for organ practice and maintenance?
Can we have worship outside?

Life events

Can funerals still go ahead?
Can weddings still go ahead?
Can baptisms still go ahead?
Who needs to wear a face covering during weddings?

Community Support

Can food banks remain open?
Can the building still be used for blood donations?
Can clergy, staff and volunteers enter church buildings to prepare for re-opening?
Do we need to get permission to put social distancing or hygiene measures into a church building?
What advice is there for keeping the church clean?

Finance and governance

How can my PCC hold a remote meeting?
How can we enable people to give financially to the church?
What can we do about our annual parish meetings?

Schools, nurseries and youth provision

Can members of clergy and foundation school governors enter a school building?
Can church buildings be used by schools as a place of worship or gathering?
Can nurseries and early years childcare provision operate in churches?
Can children and young people’s activities start again?
What resources are there to help with resuming children, young people and families work?

General

How should we complete a risk assessment ahead of re-opening our church building?
What guidance is in place for clergy, church workers and volunteers who are deemed to be at additional risk?
What advice is available if domestic abuse is suspected?
Should we still deliver printed communication?
What advice is there for activities in church halls?

Documents

Guidance

Resources

Further reading

The below Marking our communities resources have been prepared by The Liturgical Commission:

Digital resources

Father Andrew taking Holy Communion.

Access our digital resources including our weekly services

Church online

Prayer and worship resources

A page has been created containing prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.

A new Daily Hope phone line is now available, free of charge, to those unable to access online resources.

These resources are offered to help those who are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even if it is not possible to gather in a church building.

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