​Coronavirus - UPDATED Guidance for Parishes & Chaplaincies
12 March 2020 by The Church of England

​Coronavirus - UPDATED Guidance for Parishes & Chaplaincies


The Church of England continues to follow Public Health England’s advice (see link below) regarding the Coronavirus and stays up-to-date with any changes/developments


Yesterday advice was published on Suspension of the Common Cup, the Peace and the Laying on of hands. Clergy are being advised not to share the chalice and to encourage worshippers not to shake hands during the ‘Sign of the Peace’ in services, as part of updated guidance on coronavirus issued by the Church of England. 

Read more here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/church-england-updates-advice-coronavirus

Read the full statement by the Archbishops to clergy HERE

Current Government advice is that individuals should follow good hygiene practices including:

  • carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue;
  • washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitiser gel to kill germs.

Advice has also been issued to travellers who have returned to the UK from a number of countries.

Anyone who has returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu;
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.

We encourage everyone, clergy and laypeople, to regularly check The Church of England’s updated advice and guidance before giving information to others.

Now is the time to support one another, especially those experiencing increased anxiety because of the virus.