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Preparation for reinstating public worship

23 June 2020

Responding to the Government announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4th July, providing physical distancing remains in place, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham said: 

“This is welcome news that public worship will once more be allowed.  Durham Cathedral has just reopened for private prayer and there is further work to do as we fully understand the practical implications of reinstating public worship. At Durham this will happen at a time when we are sure all safety measures and procedures are in place and expect it will be later in July. We will offer the warmest of welcomes to all who choose to come when are ready to once again offer public worship.

“We continue to offer worship online and are exploring ways of how we continue to do this as we look forward to once again welcoming our congregation back to their church.”

As the Bishop of London says in her national statement, “This has been an incredibly difficult time for the whole country, especially for those who have been ill, who have suffered financial hardship, the loss of livelihoods and indeed, for many, those they love. We know that it is not over and the Church has a task ahead to bring consolation and hope.

“I trust that the slow and careful re-opening of our church buildings for individual prayer, and then for public worship will be part of this message of hope for us all.”