Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Southwark Cathedral Update 17 March

A note for our community

We are living in unprecedented times and each of us is having to find a way forward in very difficult and demanding circumstances. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have decided, in accordance with the latest instructions from the Government about the need for social distancing, that all public acts of worship in the Church of England are suspended. However, they want Morning and Evening Prayer to be said and the Eucharist celebrated, daily where that is the practice. They also want churches to remain open for prayer. They also encourage churches and cathedrals to live stream, where possible, their services.

The Chapter, in accordance with these instructions and in consultation with our Diocesan Bishop, have decided that until further notice the Cathedral will be open for private prayer and reflection on Sundays from 12 noon until 2.45pm and from 9.45am until 3.45pm Monday to Saturday.

Services of Morning and Evening Prayer, or Choral Evensong, as well as a Choral Eucharist on a Sunday and a Said Eucharist on every other day will be live streamed. These services will not be open to the public but we hope that we will gather a virtual congregation.

Details about how to access the live streaming and the times they take place will be made available from the end of this week.

The Cathedral Shop and Cafe will be closed and all tours of the Cathedral are suspended until further notice.  All organ and music recitals have also been cancelled until further notice.

Please also note that the Cathedral reception will be closed from Wednesday 18 March until further notice.  A number of our staff are working from home at present so if you wish to contact a member of staff please email them via our Staff Directory page which can be visited here

Please pray for one another as we are praying for you.

Loving God,

source of healing and comfort,

fill us with your grace,

that the sick may be made whole,

that those who care for us may be strengthened,

that the anxious may be calmed,

and those most vulnerable be protected

in the power of Spirit

in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.



The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn


17 March 2020