Following the lifting of most Covid restrictions on Monday 19 July, the message below sets out what you can expect if you visit the Minster – to attend a service, as a visitor, or to pray or light a candle – over the coming weeks.
From Sunday 25 July, our worship will begin to assume a more familiar feel, especially with the return of congregational singing. At the same time, we are aware of the continued risk from the virus, especially to the clinically vulnerable, and of the need to love and protect our neighbours as we seek to worship God together.
- The booking system for Sunday services has now been removed, and congregational numbers will no longer be restricted – please simply come along if you would like to attend. Worshippers are asked to check-in using the NHS Covid-19 app if possible
- Congregational singing of hymns in the Minster will return
- Rows of seats will continue to be generously spaced, and for Sunday services there will be a designated area with additional social distance between chairs, and where everyone agrees to wear a mask throughout the service
- In the rest of the cathedral, we ask worshippers to wear masks when entering, leaving, and receiving communion, but to feel free to remove them when in their places
- We will begin using the Quire and our side chapels once again for some smaller services
- Holy Communion will continue to be ‘in one kind’ (bread but not wine) for the moment.
We continue to live-stream our Cathedral Eucharist and Evensong on Sundays, as well as other special services.
Visitors to the Minster outside of services are also encouraged to continue to wear face coverings inside the cathedral, especially whilst moving around the building, and to check-in using the NHS Covid-19 app if possible.
The West Door will remain open whenever possible to aid ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations remain in place for the safety of all.
We will review all arrangements again in September.
We look forward to welcoming you soon, especially if you are new to the Minster, or returning for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
Best wishes from the Southwell Minster team