Our current guidance on face coverings
Face coverings are currently required by law in most indoor settings, including places of worship*.
*You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to): young children under the age of 11; not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability; if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress. There are also exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating or drinking.
- The Cathedral: In line with government guidance, face coverings must be worn* whilst inside the Cathedral.
- Shop and Visitor Centre: In line with government guidance, face coverings must be worn* whilst inside the Cathedral’s Shop and Visitor Centre building.
- Canterbury Cathedral Lodge: In line with government guidance, face coverings must be worn* whilst inside public areas of the hotel.
For the comfort, safety and reassurance of our worshippers and staff, Canterbury Cathedral will continue to maintain a number of Covid mitigation measures, including:
- Provision of hand sanitiser stations
- The wearing of face coverings when in close proximity to others
- Delivery of an enhanced cleaning regime in busier areas.
In line with government guidance:
- Congregational singing is allowed.
- You are not required to seat 2m away from others, although you may wish to space yourself from others and we ask you to respect the wishes of others for space when you choose where to sit.
The Cathedral is a very large space with excellent natural ventilation, which is a key factor in reducing the risk of COVID infection. Please see our Worship FAQs
for further information.
People who are symptomatic
Anyone feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit or attend services of worship due to the risk that they may pose to others. Remote participation should be considered, for example by watching our daily online videos