Latest Covid-19 Update
From 12 April CCT churches are re-opening for the local community. If the current roadmap dates remain, from 17 May, we are pleased our churches will be able to open again for general visiting by members of the public.Following the Government’s roadmap, we are excited to be beginning to re-open CCT churches. From 12 April CCT churches are re-opening for the local community. If the current roadmap dates remain, from 17 May, we are pleased our churches will be able to open again for general visiting by members of the public. We will be following all the necessary Government guidelines to ensure that churches are safe and welcoming.
To help everyone, we’ve created a summary of what the roadmap published by the Government means for CCT churches:
Finding Out if a Church is Open
We care for our 356 churches with the help of over 2000 volunteers, meaning normal opening arrangements for each church are individualised and locally managed. Throughout the roadmap period, the safety of our volunteers is our primary concern. Therefore, access to CCT churches will not always be possible and may vary throughout the period. As a guide to when a church is likely to be open, please refer to the normal opening arrangements listed on the individual church pages of our website. Please note, however, that local circumstances may mean we have to close a church at short notice.
Accessing a Church Safely
All open CCT churches have undergone a Covid-19 Secure Risk Assessment and measures to support social distancing and additional hygiene are in place.
To help protect each other, we ask those accessing CCT Churches to:
- Wash or sanitise your hands more frequently
- Follow the Social Distancing guidelines
- Wear a face covering, unless you have a good reason not to
- Not visit if you or someone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19
Our open churches are Good to Go. The “We’re Good To Go” industry-standard mark is a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by VisitEngland. The check provides a 'ring of confidence' for businesses, attractions and destinations, as well as reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place to ensure that our churches are Good to Go.
Once UK Government guidance permits, CCT hopes to welcome international visitors later in 2021. Receiving We’re Good to Go certification also gives CCT churches access to the World Travel and Tourism’s Safe Travel stamp, giving our international visitors confidence that your visit to a CCT church is Covid-19 Secure.
Find out more about how our churches are Covid-19 secure with our Frequently Asked Questions, below:
Will there be hand sanitiser at the churches?
We are not able to provide hand sanitiser at all of our churches. Instead we advise that you wash your hands at the earliest opportunity and avoid touching your face. You may also wish to carry your own hand sanitiser.
Do I need to wear a face covering when accessing CCT Churches?
In line with government guidance, to help protect others, you must wear a face covering when inside CCT churches, unless you have a good reason not to.
Can I sign the Visitor’s Book?
During the last 12 months, we had removed visitor books and literature in our churches. Following research which shows that the risk of contracting Covid-19 from a surface such as a leaflet or a visitor book is low, visitor books and literature are now being replaced and you will once again be able to record your visit.
Please do let us know you have visited and leave us your feedback. Following your visit, please remember to wash your hands at the earliest opportunity and avoid touching your face. You may also wish to carry your own hand sanitiser.
Can Events Take Place in CCT Churches?
In line with government guidance, events will be able to take place in CCT churches from the 17 May at the earliest. We can provide you with guidance on how to ensure these can take place safely. Please contact the relevant regional office for more information.
Can we go Champing™?
We are now taking bookings for our 2021 Champing™ season! We also have gift vouchers available for giving a gift of adventure – just follow the link below. Season dates are from the 12 April until 31 October, with unique churches open all around the country. We’re fully flexible, so you can postpone or amend your booking with no charge, or cancel and receive a full refund. We very much hope you join us for an exclusive and extraordinary overnight stay in 2021. Please see our Champing website for further information on individual churches and to make your booking: www.champing.co.uk