Staying Covid-19 Secure

Our churches are open and we are enjoying seeing visitors taking in the beauty, history and atmosphere of our wonderful buildings once again.  All of our 356 churches are unique and this means that we are opening them on a site by site basis, and only when we can provide assurance that we are able to do so safely.
Finding Out if a Church is Open

Finding Out if a Church is Open
We rely on the generosity of volunteers to open many of our churches. Not every church is open all the time, so please check the Find a Church pages of our website for the latest information. Please check ahead if you are planning a visit, and bear in mind that we may need to close a church at short notice if the national or local situation changes.

Visiting Churches Safely
We understand you want to know what we are doing to support visiting CCT churches safely. Before opening, each church is undergoing a Covid-19 Secure Risk Assessment and measures to support social distancing and additional hygiene are being put in place.

To help protect each other, we ask visitors 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.
•    Only visit in groups of up to 6, unless your household or support bubble is more than 6.  

Our re-opened 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 in partnership with the national tourist organisations Tourism Northern Ireland, VisitScotland and Visit Wales. 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.
 

Our re-opened churches have been assessed to ensure that they meet industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing. CCT will also receive notifications on new relevant guidelines when they are announced, allowing us to update the measures in place in our churches were necessary.

 

Find out more about how we are making our churches Covid-19 secure with our Frequently Asked Questions, below:

How do we know if a CCT church is open?
We rely on the generosity of volunteers to open many of our churches. During this unprecedented situation, not every church is open all the time, so please check the Find a Church pages of our website for the latest information. Please check ahead if you are planning a visit, and bear in mind that we may need to close a church at short notice if the national or local situation changes.

 

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 visiting CCT Churches?

In line with government guidance, to help protect others, you must wear a face covering when visiting CCT churches, unless you have a good reason not to.

 

Will there be a one-way system in churches?

In our busier churches, in addition to signage reminding people to maintain social distancing and to increase hand hygiene, you may also find one-way systems or similar measures in place.

Many of our other churches enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of rural locations and rarely have a high number of visitors in the church at any one time, therefore a one-way system is not required.

 

Why have you taken visitor books and other literature away?

To minimise risk of cross contamination on high-contact areas, we have taken away visitor books, pens and literature.

We would love to hear from you if you have visited our churches, so please do contact us via social media to tell us about your visit. You can also find out more about the history of each church on our website.

 

Can Events Now Take Place in CCT Churches?

Covid-19 Secure Events can take place in CCT Churches. We have updated our usual event risk assessment and management processes with Covid-19 Secure measures, including how to enable events in line with the legal requirements on social gatherings. If you would like to hold an event in a CCT Church, we can provide you with guidance on how to ensure this can take place safely. Please contact the relevant regional office for more information or complete the enquiries form on our Hire a Church page.

 

Can we now go Champing™?

Many of our Champing Churches are open for bookings. Extra measures are in place to enable a safe stay, with a ‘Good to Go’ accreditation awarded from VisitEngland to show we’re following the recommended guidelines. You’ll be greeted with the usual beds, chairs, lanterns and fairy lights all set up, just without the blankets and bedding for this year. During this time, we are offering flexible bookings and free cancellations, so you don’t need to worry about booking now and changing your stay later. Please see the Champing website for further information on individual churches and to make your booking: www.champing.co.uk