Keeping you safe

We count it a great privilege to make everyone welcome at the Abbey, and we consider it a duty to keep them safe. In line with the latest guidelines, our Rector, Canon Guy Bridgewater, has decided:

During visiting:

  • We kindly ask if you could please stay away if you show any symptoms associated with Covid-19
  • Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance
  • We are supporting NHS Test & Trace so on entry one member of your group will be asked to provide contact details
  • While face coverings are not mandatory, we support the use of face coverings and encourage social distancing

During services and events:

  • The use of hand sanitiser, and track & trace details, is still to be encouraged on entry
  • Our congregational seating will remain socially distanced, as previously
  • We encourage the wearing of face coverings in the Abbey, especially while moving, out of care & respect for others. However (if individuals prefer) they may be removed while you are seated during the service
  • Congregational singing of hymns is now permitted again; we ask that face coverings are worn for this. (Please note hymns will often be shortened to further reduce risk)
  • Other measures to protect against Covid will continue at this point - for example sharing the Peace without touch, and reception of Communion in the form of bread alone
  • these worship guidelines will be kept under review as the pandemic develops and, pray God, threat reduces – allowing further easing of restrictions to be safely adopted

Bath Abbey is a house of God, a place of healing and hope – and we are delighted that we can meet in confidence, to give thanks to God in whom there is fullness of life and joy.

Public Health Reassurance:

If and when Covid cases arise at Bath Abbey, in addition to the Test and Trace system, it is our policy to contact Public Health England, to be assured that our Abbey safety and cleaning measures continue to make it safe for visiting, services and events to continue, as planned. We will also apply the Dept. of Education rules used by Schools, to check whether a person’s proximity to fellow personnel at the Abbey presents any cause of infection concern.

If you have any further questions regarding your visit please contact our Visitor Experience Team at visits@bathabbey.org. If it is regarding attending a service or event please contact our Churchwardens on churchwardens@bathabbey.org. Or you can call the Abbey Office (Monday-Friday) on 01225 422462.