COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

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COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

Updated 9 January 2021

Following the declaration of a Major Incident in London due to high rates of COVID-19, and the request for places of worship to close, the Chapter of St Paul’s has made the difficult decision to close the Cathedral for public worship and private prayer with immediate effect. This decision will be reviewed regularly, as we closely monitor the situation, and we hope to reopen for private prayer, services and sightseeing when it is safe to do so. The Ministers will continue to offer prayer and worship on behalf of us all.


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

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.

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. 

Ticket Holders for 16 December onwards

The Cathedral is unable to offer sightseeing visits from Wednesday 16 December onwards in line with the Government Tier 3 restrictions in London. If you have a sightseeing booking for this period, please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or call 020 7246 8357. Eligible tickets can be upgraded to Annual Passes. 

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 London tier level.

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

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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