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Gloucester Cathedral Welcomes Visitors from Monday 6 July

Gloucester Cathedral re-opened its doors to general visitors on Monday 6 July. People can now access the building between 10.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday and 12.00pm and 5.00pm on Sundays.

Daily public worship will also re-commence at the Cathedral from Sunday 5 July. The Cathedral Eucharist will take place every Sunday at 10.15am, on each weekday Monday to Saturday, there will also be a short service of Holy Communion at 12.30pm and Evening Prayer at 4.30pm daily. Everyone is welcome to attend.

To keep everyone safe, new protective measures have been introduced, including limiting capacity to allow for physical distancing, establishing a one-way system throughout the building and providing hand sanitizing stations.

The Monk’s Kitchen Café re-opens on Saturday 4 July with a delicious selection of cakes, cream teas, sandwiches, drinks and much more to take away. At this stage, the Gift Shop will remain closed.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

We are delighted to welcome visitors back to their Cathedral. Many of us have been experiencing feelings of isolation and uncertainty at this difficult time and we hope that news of our re-opening will provide reassurance and a renewed sense of hope. Safety measures have been introduced so that people can visit with confidence, but we encourage everyone to check the Cathedral website before travelling.

To find out more go to   www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/visit/plan-your-visit/

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Aileen Ravey
Development Assistant
01452 689799
aileen.ravey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Notes for Editors

Keeping Our Visitors Safe

From Monday 6 July, the Cathedral will be open for general visits. To keep everyone safe, we have changed our opening times and introduced some new protective measures, so a visit will be a little different to normal. These include:

Shortening our opening hours. From Monday 6 July, the Cathedral will be open to all visitors from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Limiting capacity to allow for physical distancing. At peak times, this may mean queuing to get into the Cathedral. Signage encourages visitors to maintain a two-metre distance between themselves and others

Using a one-way system throughout the Cathedral to prevent close contact. Clearly marked signs and floor marking will show visitors where to go.

Closing confined spaces, to prevent close contact

Providing hand sanitising stations on entry and throughout the Cathedral

Maintaining high standards of hygiene and increasing our regular cleaning patterns 

Checking and recording the temperature of all front of house staff at the start of their shift 

Partially closing the toilets to allow for physical distancing. One easy access toilet with a baby change table will remain open. Temporary toilets will also be available in Cathedral Green.

Keeping doors open throughout the building to maintain good airflow and to reduce contact surfaces

The Monk’s Kitchen will beopen and providing a contact free takeaway service. Opening times and the menu can be found at www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/visit/food-and-drink/

The Gift Shop will remain closed. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on when it will reopen.

If you feel unwell, please do not come to the Cathedral. Stay home and follow NHS guidelines.

If you have any questions about visiting please email visits@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Safe Worship  

 All worship will be offered in accordance with government and church health and safety guidance. If you wish to attend, please send an email to prayers@gloucestercathedral.org.uk to indicate your attendance (before or after the service) stating clearly your name/s and contact details in order to comply with the track and trace process. These records need to be kept for 21 days and will then be destroyed.

 


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