Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Last updated: Monday 12 April, 13:37

Following the announcement from Buckingham Palace about the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, advice on the current Government guidance on condolence books has been added as as well as details of an online book of condolence which is now open.

A statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury

A statement from the Archbishop of York

New FAQ:

  • How can we remember the Duke of Edinburgh in our services? in the Prayer and Worship section

The advice below is provided to assist local churches in their planning and decision-making during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government has asked us to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS. Under the current regulations the Government has permitted public worship to continue, if it is safe to do so.

While many churches have decided to offer digital services only for the time being, others are continuing to remain open, in a Covid-secure way, for individual prayer and public worship. The circumstances in each place will inform a local decision.

We urge everyone to be exceptionally cautious and, in particular, to do everything possible to prevent mingling outside of households and support bubbles.

We acknowledge and share the sadness many are feeling at not being able to meet together as we would usually do at the moment and prayerfully and confidently look forward to better times ahead.


What is the guidance for churches wishing to offer condolence books for HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh?
What are the stages of the Government Roadmap?
What activities are currently permitted?
How can we contribute to vaccination equity campaigns?
Can churches be used as vaccination centres?
What advice is available for services during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter?
How can I get a lateral flow test?

Prayer and worship

Can churches open for individual prayer?
Is singing permitted?
Copyright licence details for live streaming

Life events

Can funerals go ahead?

Community Support

Can food banks remain open?
Can the building still be used for blood donations?
Can I still undertake pastoral visiting under the new restrictions?
Can we host children's groups?
Should we use NHS test and trace?
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?
What advice is there for non-worship activities in churches and church halls?

Nurseries and early years provision

Can nurseries and early years childcare provision operate in churches?

Finance and governance

How can my PCC hold a remote meeting?
How can we enable people to give financially to the church?
Is there any guidance concerning our APCM meeting?

Safety, safeguarding and wellbeing

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?
Should I work if I’m clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV)?
What advice is available if domestic abuse is suspected?
Who is a key worker?




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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