Cathedral to reopen for private prayer on 22 June

Published: 12th June 2020

Preparations are well underway and measures are being put in place by the Worcester Cathedral team, so that the doors can be re-opened and people welcomed back into the building safely for individual prayer and reflection. At present the plan is to open the Cathedral every day from 11am to 3pm, beginning on Monday 22 June.

The Government recently announced that all places of worship could open for individual prayer from 13 June in line with the latest Government and Public Health social distancing guidelines to ensure people’s safety.

New measures to keep people safe will include limiting the area that people can enter (just the Nave at present), limiting the number of people allowed inside at any one time, much reduced seating in the Nave, hand sanitisers at appropriate points, cleaning throughout the day and systematic cleaning at the end of each day, and new signage to remind people of the health and safety around social distancing.

The Cathedral Cloister Café, shop and the toilets will not be open at this time and will be part of a later phase.

The Dean of Worcester, Peter Atkinson, said: 

"This is a significant step along the journey to the day when the Cathedral will be fully open for prayer and worship. The opportunity to come quietly into the Cathedral to pray and reflect will be important for many people. At the same time, we will continue to offer our live-streamed worship at 8.30 every morning for those physically distant from the Cathedral."

For more information and updates about the Cathedral opening, visit the Cathedral website at

Page last updated: 12th June 2020 9:46 AM
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