Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for parishes

Published: Friday February 14, 2020

Priest lifts the communion breadThe Church of England website has all the latest updates and information for worshipping communities. All guidance will continue to reflect appropriate Public Health advice and guidance is kept under constant review and updated as required daily. Please do check this page for all updates. The Diocese of St Albans has also published some good advice for worshipping communities.

The Archbishops issued a letter on Tuesday 10 March providing updated  guidance in relation to suspension of the Common Cup and other practical steps in response to Coronavirus Covid-19. The full guidance is online    Please view the Coronavirus letter 10th March 2020 


Current Government advice is that individuals should follow good hygiene practices including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. Download a poster from NHS England with guidance.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

Advice has also been issued to travellers who have returned to the UK from a number of countries.

Anyone who has returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu;
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.


Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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