Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Dunstable

Update on church closure

7 Jun 2020, 12:30 p.m.
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Here's what our Rector said in our online service on Sunday 7 June:

Last night the Church of England published a statement on its website: “We welcome the Government’s announcement today that church buildings can open up for supervised individual prayer from June 15. This is the start of the journey for church buildings to open up safely in line with Government advice and we look forward to their detailed guidance on enabling this first step to happen."

This does not mean that our churches in Dunstable will be open ‘as usual’. We are expecting more detailed guidance from the Diocese of St Albans and Ecclesiastical Insurance in the next few days. When we have that guidance there will need to be a comprehensive risk assessment exercise to determine whether any of our churches are able to open safely; and, if able to open for private prayer, what safety measures will need to be put in place, and how those measures are to be paid for. All this will take time, so please don’t expect an announcement imminently, but be encouraged that once we have the guidance we will be able to start working towards a plan. The Priory wardens and I hope that the first step might be that people will be able to come and pray in the Priory for an hour or so on Sunday afternoons later in the summer.

You can read the Church of England's statement here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/statement-individual-prayer-churches