Living with COVID-19: Places of worship

01 July 2022

The challenges COVID-19 has presented to places of worship have been particularly significant. Not being able to provide spiritual support face to face in the local community at a time of national crisis being one of them. Making sure everyone remains safe will be a priority for you. Deciding how to do this in your own particular circumstances will be key.

An open church door in spring with a bike parked outside

Living with Covid-19

Official guidelines will help you decide what to do at your place of worship. These vary across EnglandScotlandWales and Northern Ireland. All of this information is subject to review, so it is important to keep up to date with the latest directions. You can follow developments and access the latest advice by using the relevant resources highlighted.

Denominational guidance will also help you decide how best to respond.

In deciding what to do, the precautions you take will need to reflect your own particular circumstances. This will take account of the size of your premises; their type and layout; the numbers of employees, volunteers or visitors you have; and the nature of the activities involved there. You may also need to think about how your premises are organised, operated, managed and regulated. 


If you are an employer, this additional information may be helpful to you. 

Want to know more?

Information and guidance on managing the risk have been provided by the Church of Englandthe Methodist Churchthe Baptist Union of Great Britainthe Church in Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Should you have any queries regarding this advice please speak to your usual Ecclesiastical contact.