COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

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COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

Updated 3 December 2020

St Paul’s Cathedral is now open for services everyday and for sightseeing Monday-Saturday, with capacity controls and 30 minute entry timeslots for sightseeing. Please book your sightseeing tickets in advance to guarantee your entry. 

A full pattern of services are held each day. For more information, check our service schedule. Please note that all our Christmas services and events are ticketed this year. 

Please note: In accordance with the Government's guidelines, upon entry to the Cathedral we will ask you to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 app or to provide your name and contact details for the Test and Trace service. Since 8 August, in accordance with laws in England, face coverings or masks are compulsory in places of worship including the Cathedral shop, unless you have an exemption.

We are following Government and Church of England advice on COVID-19. To keep our visitors and staff safe, we have introduced some changes to your visit:

Party size - In line with current Government advice for London, please only visit with people from within your household or support bubble.

Physical distancing – We ask visitors to keep a 2 metre (6 feet) distance, approx. 4 Cathedral floor tiles, from staff and other visitors outside their household or support bubble.

One way system – There is a one way system in place to allow for physical distancing. Step free access is still available via the South Transept. 

Face coverings– Following Government guidelines, face coverings/masks are legally required in places of worship, including the Cathedral shop, unless you have an exemption. 

Cleaning regime – Our staff are regularly cleaning the visitor areas to keep the Cathedral clean and safe for visitors and staff. 

Hand sanitiser – There are hand sanitiser stations on entry to the Cathedral. Visitors are welcome to use their own hand sanitiser as well. 

Limited numbers – To ensure that every visitor and staff can keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart, we may have to limit the numbers inside the Cathedral at one time. This includes limits on the number of people who can attend our services. Please be aware that there may be a queue to enter the Cathedral.

Security – The safety and security of our staff remains a priority. We urge visitors to not bring bags, wherever possible. Small bags such as handbags or day packs are permissible (maximum permitted dimensions 45cm x 30cm x 25cm including handles, wheels and pockets) and will be subject to bag searching. There are no cloakroom facilities available. 

Preparing for your sightseeing visit 

Pre-booking entry tickets - We recommend you pre-book your tickets online before you visit to guarantee your entry to the Cathedral at your preferred time. Those with an existing valid Annual Pass, Friend of St Paul's membership, open dated ticket or other visit entitlement are able to make a free entry timeslot reservation. If you buy your ticket on the day, please know we only accept card payments for safety reasons. 

Entry timeslots – Sightseeing tickets will have a 30 minute entry timeslot to ensure the safe arrival of visitors to the Cathedral.  

Party size – Please follow Government advice on visiting with your household or your support bubble. Please ensure that the party lead knows the names and contact details of each person they visit with, should this be needed by the Test and Trace service.

Access to Dome Galleries – From reopening, the Stone Gallery will be open. Due to current physical distancing guidelines, the Golden Gallery is temporarily closed. The Whispering Gallery remains closed to the public until further notice. 

One way route to visit the Dome – Numbers are limited inside the Dome route at any one time to allow safe 2 metre physical distancing. You may be asked to queue to begin your Dome climb. 

Group visits - Group tickets are available again. Group organisers must ensure that they know and keep a record of the name and contact details for each member of their group should this be required for the NHS Test and Trace service. From 2 December, in line with the London COVID alert level, group organisers must ensure each party booking within their group is from one household or support bubble. Each party must enter the Cathedral separately.

Group organisers must make their group members know that from arrival please respect 2 metre physical distancing (approximately 4 Cathedral floor tiles) between their household and other visitors, including others within their party, and that face coverings are now mandatory in places of worship.

We may ask that commercial tour operators provide us with a copy of their COVID-19 risk assessment before visiting.

Guiding (Cathedral guides)  – We will follow Government advice on guiding in the Cathedral. Please enquire on arrival. 

Guiding (external guides) - We are now able to welcome back guides to the Cathedral. London Blue Badge Guides and City of London Guides (who have passed the St Paul's Cathedral Accredited Course) are very welcome. These guides, as well as teachers or lecturers are permitted to guide inside the Cathedral, up to a maximum total tour size of 30 people. From 2 December, in line with the London COVID alert level, guides must ensure each party within their tour is from one household or support bubble.

Guides must take additional care that they and their tour members follow 2 metre physical distancing between households and other visitors, including others within the tour, and not stop to deliver commentary in any area that impedes other visitors. Face coverings are now mandatory in places of worship but guides must take further mitigating measures to ensure that they do not raise their voice above normal conversational levels. Measures may include a further reduction in the number of people each guide communicates to; bringing wireless audio devices such as Vox or Whisper etc, or using the Cathedral’s in-house version (the Group Tour System).

We may ask that guides provide us with a copy of their COVID-19 risk assessment before visiting.

Multimedia guides – Our included multimedia guides provide a range of tours available in 9 languages. Each device is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use. Headphones are available on site, but you are welcome to bring your own – the handsets are compatible with any headphones with a 3.5mm jack. Alternatively, you are welcome to download our short tour Multimedia Guide app to play on your own Apple or Android device. Available to download for free from Google Play and Apple App Store.

‘We’re Good to go’ industry standard – St Paul’s Cathedral has been awarded the ‘Good to go’ industry standard by Visit Britain. The ‘Good to go’ mark is a nationwide industry standard to show that we are adhering the Government’s COVID-19 reopening guidance from the Government and Public Health England. 

Please do not visit the Cathedral if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms. We hope you understand this measure is to keep you and other visitors and staff safe.

When we are open for sightseeing, the toilets and the shop are open. The café and restaurant are now closed. 

Getting to the Cathedral

We are encouraging visitors to walk or cycle to St Paul’s Cathedral where possible. There are many cycling racks across the City and the Cathedral is situated close to a number of cycle hire schemes. 

If using public transport to visit the Cathedral, please be aware that from 15 June 2020, face coverings must be worn when using public transport in England, including Transport for London services. To plan your journey to St Paul’s Cathedral visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

There is no parking available at the Cathedral, but there are commercial car parking facilities available in the City of London

St Paul’s Cathedral is following Church of England and Government advice on COVID-19.

Welcome Back to the City has plenty of information on planning your visit to the City of London including which attractions are open, places to eat and accessing toilets. 

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