Church buildings are not currently required to close and there is currently no obligation for churches to re-open in the event of a royal death. It will remain at the discretion of individual PCCs.
Private prayer should not be discouraged for those who feel the need to do this in a church building, but social distancing MUST be maintained for as long as the government restrictions dictate.
Having received one or more doses of the vaccine does not exclude anyone from adhering to the rules.
People should not be allowed to gather in groups.
Any church that wishes to consider re-opening MUST submit a risk assessment and have it approved by their archdeacon prior to opening.
Churches that are already open for private prayer etc may experience an increase in numbers and in some cases it may be necessary for them to re-assess their arrangements to allow for the increase. This may necessitate additional marshalling in and around the building.
An online condolence book is now open for individuals and communities to record messages. Government guidance under the current Covid-19 precautions is that physical books should not be offered.
Flags should be flown at half-mast during the mourning period(the correct procedure is to lower flags completely and then raise them to half-mast).
Visitors should not be allowed to leave flowers inside church buildings as this maybe a route for infection. Flower tributes outside should also be discouraged.
Guidance on how and when bells should be tolled will come from the cabinet office in due course, and we will share this information to you as soon as we are ableon this page.