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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Information

Last updated on Tuesday 17 March

Canterbury Cathedral is open for prayer.

Church is changing. In light of Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have today issued a statement that public worship is suspended until further notice.

To continue our cycle of prayer as the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Canterbury Cathedral will remain open for private prayer between 09.00 and 17.00 each day, but no public worship services will take place. The Eucharist and Evening Prayer will be streamed online each day.

Within the Cathedral, Government recommendations on physical distancing will be observed, and hand sanitisers will also be available. Those considered vulnerable and at greatest risk from the virus are strongly encouraged to stay at home.

The Cathedral will upload a prayer each day to its website and a range of digital resources for worship, including BBC daily services, are available from the Church of England.

Other updates:

  • From 18th March 2020 until further notice, Canterbury Cathedral will not charge for entry to the Precincts.
  • All Cathedral public events, including concerts, workshops and exhibitions, are suspended until mid-May 2020.​


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