COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

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COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

Updated 9 April 2021

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April 2021. 

The Cathedral is open for Private Prayer on Friday 9th April from Midday to 3.30pm but capacity is severely limited owing to current COVID-19 restrictions. A special Choral Evensong will be broadcast tomorrow (Saturday 10th April) at 5.00pm on BBC Radio 3. Owing to current restrictions there is no public attendance at this special Choral Evensong, and in order to facilitate this service the Cathedral will be closed on Saturday 10th April 2021.


Following the lifting of London’s Major Incident status, the Chapter of St Paul’s is pleased to announce that the Cathedral is now open for public worship and private prayer. Service times and private prayer opening varies – please check the Cathedral calendar page for further information. This decision will be reviewed regularly as we closely monitor the situation, and we hope to reopen for sightseeing when it is safe to do so. This will be no earlier than 17th May 2021 as per government guidelines. 

Please note that due to current COVID-19 safety regulations, capacity within the Cathedral will be reduced to facilitate social distancing. Face coverings or masks are compulsory, unless you have an exemption. 

When the Cathedral reopens, the following safety measures and changes to your visit will be in place to keep our visitors and staff safe:

In order to support the NHS Test and Trace programme, we recommend downloading and installing the NHS COVID-19 app to your phone or device, and using this to check in at the Cathedral (for every visitor over the age of 16). If you are unable to use the NHS app, we will be taking contact details (name and telephone number) for all individual visitors 16 and older, as well as recording entry times to the Cathedral. 

In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation for 21 days before securely disposing of or deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, in the event that it is needed to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes or pass them on to anyone else.

Party size - Please only visit with people from within your household or support bubble.

Travel - Following Government guidelines, please stay local where possible. 

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. 

‘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. 

Planning your sightseeing visit in 2021

We will continue to follow Government and Church of England advice on COVID-19 and act in accordance with the government guidelines for England. 

Currently it is not possible to book dated tickets, but our open dated tickets, valid for one visit within two years, are available and are a great way to support the Cathedral during this time. 

If you have an existing sightseeing booking that has been affected by the pandemic, please contact our Admissions Team at with details of your order and / or tickets.

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

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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