Church buildings during COVID-19

Church buildings can reopen for public worship

Pelsall, St Michael and All Angels
Pelsall, St Michael and All Angels, in Walsall Archdeaconry: socially-distanced seating in the nave for individual private prayer (June). "We have aspired to get the balance right between providing spiritual comfort and inspiring confidence to accept the change" (Revd Alison Morris)

A related gallery of images shows how other churches in the diocese have reorganised seating and made adjustments for public worship

Latest updates

Places of worship can open (from 4th July 2020) for the broad range of activities listed in the following Government guidance:

The Coronavirus Info page on this website includes the latest national and diocesan announcements on the reopening of churches, further to which specific guidance on church buildings follows below.

Current guidance

Regularly updated guidance is available on the national Church of England website. Please check you have the most up-to-date versions of guidance, for which a new version may have been published.

The Church of England has published the following current guidance on church buildings during COVID-19:

Permissions for temporary works

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield has published (2nd July 2020) an Additional Matters Order, which allows for the installation of internet access equipment and wall-mounted hand sanitiser dispensers without a faculty (subject to conditions).

Please note: The DAC officers and Archdeacons can provide further advice on the process of seeking such permissions for temporary works. General information on permissions for works to churches and churchyards, not directly relating to COVID-19, is also available on the DAC page of this website.

Building works and contractors

A specific risk assessment should be completed by the parish before contractors access a church building:

Public access

A specific risk assessment should be completed by the parish before public access to a church building:

Cleaning

Please note: A range of hygiene and cleaning supplies, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), is available to purchase through the Parish Buying website.

Churchyards

Current procedures

DAC and adviser site visits

Site visits to church buildings undertaken by Lichfield DAC members and advisers can resume from 1st August 2020 (when shielding is paused for the clinically extremely vulnerable), subject to individual requirements and local situations, and only in accordance with the following diocesan policy and procedure:


Page last updated: 26th July 2020 9:45 PM