Keeping your visit safe

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Keeping your visit safe

Updated 7 July 2020

From Monday 15 June, St Paul’s Cathedral will open for private prayer, Monday-Sunday from 11am – 3pm. 
You are welcome to enter the Cathedral to pray and take time for quiet reflection. There will be clergy on site if you need to speak to someone.

From Saturday 4 July, the Eucharist will be celebrated each day and the Cathedral remains open 11am – 3pm each day for private prayer.

From Monday 13 July, St Paul’s Cathedral will increase the number of services each day and will reopen for sightseeing with capacity controls and 30 minute entry timeslots. Please book in advance to guarantee your entry.  

Please note: In accordance with the Government's guidelines for places of worship, we will ask you to provide your name and contact details upon entry to the Cathedral for the Test and Trace service. 

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:

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

One way system – Entrance to the Cathedral is via the North West door with a separate exit door to ensure our visitors can keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart at all times. Step free access is still available via the South Transept. 

Face masks – Visitors are welcome to cover their nose and mouth with face coverings inside the Cathedral if they wish to do so. 

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. Please be aware that there may be a queue to enter the Cathedral. 
Once inside the Cathedral, please be mindful that there may be other visitors waiting to enter. 

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 and will be subject to bag searching. There are no cloakroom facilities available. 

Preparing for your sightseeing visit

Pre-booking entry tickets – We strongly recommend you pre-book your tickets online before you visit to guarantee your entry to the Cathedral at your preferred time. This includes those with an existing valid Annual Pass, Friend of St Paul's membership, open dated ticket, voucher or other visit entitlement whom will be 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.  

Visiting with your household – You are welcome to visit with your household and up to one other household, in line with current Government guidelines on visiting indoor locations in England. We await further guidance from the Government before we will be able to welcome groups and as a result group tickets will not be on sale initially. 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 13 July reopening, the Stone Gallery will be open. Due to current physical distancing guidelines, the Golden Gallery will be 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. 

Self-guided tours – At this time, we are not offering guided tours or introductory talks. All sightseeing visits are self-guided with access to recorded tours through our multimedia guides. 

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.

From 15 June – 12 July 2020 there is no access to the Dome Galleries or Crypt. Photography is not permitted during private prayer and services. The toilets, café and shop remain closed.  

From 13 July 2020, when we open for sightseeing, the toilets and the shop will be open. The café will remain closed for the time being. 

We are encouraging worshippers 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.