Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Below is a list of FAQs relating to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
These FAQs were last updated on 31 March 2020 at 10.25am.

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the time being but our community continues to meet in prayer and online.

Stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable.

Read the Church of England announcement posted on Monday 23 March 2020.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We are working as a matter of priority to update these FAQs and will issue new guidance on this page as soon as we are able and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts. Do keep checking back.

Are you open as usual?

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the time being, but our community continues to meet in prayer and online. We will update this page with details of how to join in when we can.

A morning service (non-Eucharistic) led by the Cathedral clergy will be posted on this page: www.leicestercathedral.org/online-services for the usual time of 10.30am every Sunday.

St Martins House, the White Rose Café, and Christian Resources Shop will be closed until further notice.

Any future changes will be communicated via the Cathedral website and social media, and to event ticket holders via email as well.

What is the advice from the Church of England?

All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect, including for private prayer, in an effort to help limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The archbishops and bishops of the Church of England have written collectively to clergy, through their dioceses, urging them now to close all church buildings – other than where they are needed to keep a foodbank running, but even then under strict limits.

There will be no church weddings until further notice; funerals will not take place inside church buildings and the only baptisms will be emergency baptisms in a hospital or home.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister on 23 March of wide-ranging restrictions as part of a national and international effort to help limit the spread of the disease.

For more information from the CofE website, click here.

How does this affect pastoral care?

We at the Cathedral are working out ways of keeping in touch well and supporting one another. More of that in due course, but please don’t hesitate to ring the Canon in Residence (07399 523 330) if you would like to speak to someone.

If you would like us to pray for a particular person or situation, please email the Sub-Dean. Please make it clear if this is a prayer request which could be shared with the wider community, as we are used to doing on our weekly notice sheet.

Can I still donate?

The costs of running and maintaining the Cathedral continue, but as a result of this crisis giving by collection plate and envelope have ceased. Visitor income has now entirely dropped and we continue to incur costs. This will cause us some very real financial pressures.

If you do not currently give by Standing Order or Direct Debit we would ask you to consider doing so. If you do currently give this way and are in a position to increase your giving that would make a huge difference.

Giving at present can be made by making an online donation or by setting up a Standing Order – a form with our bank details can be found on the Cathedral website here (we would ask that where possible people set up their own Standing Order and if that isn’t possible then forms should not be returned to the office to process but sent directly to your bank).

Alternatively to request a form by email or post please email Claire Recordon: claire.recordon@leccofe.org

Thank you very much indeed.

How does this affect the Choir?

There will be no choir practices or services at Leicester Cathedral until further notice.

How can I receive updates about events I’ve booked for?

Changes and important updates will be communicated to ticket holders via email.

Lunchtime concerts are cancelled going forwards and the Richard Remembered events scheduled to take place Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 March are all postponed with a view to holding them at a later date.

How can I help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new rules people have to follow to help tackle the coronavirus emergency:

Stay at home: no unnecessary journeys or social contact.

Only leave home for essential shopping (such as food), medical needs, and one form of exercise per day.

Public gatherings of more than two people are banned – excluding people you live with.

Don’t visit other people’s houses or socialise outside your home.

Police can fine you if you don’t follow the rules.

If unwell, isolate yourself and your family.

Keep in touch with one another – by phone, video, messages or online.

Wash your hands for about 20 seconds with soap and hot water or use a sanitiser gel.

Use a tissue for coughs and sneezes, or if one is unavailable, use your sleeve.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Further information on how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the NHS website