Coronavirus Guidelines for Church

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance for Churches

From the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England

24th March 2020

  • 1. Our church buildings are closed for public worship and for private prayer.
  • 2. Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible.
  • 3. There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice.
  • 4. Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way.
  • 5. Live streaming of services is more important than ever and is still permissible.
  • 6. Foodbanks should continue where possible under strict guidelines and may have to move to be delivery points not places where people gather. If you can do consider making a financial contribution to your nearest foodbank.


Church of England website with further guidance for the Coronavirus

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