Statement on the Coronavirus outbreak

Statement from the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral

We are praying for all those affected by the Coronavirus.

We are following the advice from the government, national Church and NHS.  The situation remains very fluid and we will continue to monitor what’s happening and adjust what we are doing as necessary. 

 Please note the following:

  • The Cathedral remains open for worship, the lighting of candles and prayer.  We also remain open to visitors.  The café and shop are open and will remain so unless we are advised otherwise. 
  • Cleanliness and safe hygiene practices are being observed.  Please follow the advice posters in the toilets for handwashing and ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ for tissues.  We have put extra cleaning in place to help mitigate the risk in the common areas used most often. 
  • Our services of worship continue but extra measures have been put in place to ensure safety.  Holy Communion will be received in one kind (the wafer), there will be no physical contact during the sharing of the peace, and no refreshments after the services.  The offertory will be a retiring collection.  Please look at our website for details of whether special services will go ahead. 
  • Events, concerts, tours and other events will continue, but this will be reviewed as advice changes. 

At this time the Cathedral is not aware that any member of our community has contracted COVID-19.  Clergy, staff and volunteers have been given advice about what to do if they think they contracted the illness.  People will be asked to self-isolate and stay away as appropriate. 

If you have a pastoral concern about the outbreak please contact Reception on 0117 926 4879.



Posted on 13th March 2020