Covid-19 / Coronavirus Advice for Churches


*** Latest advice on Coronavirus, updated 12th March 2020 ***

All Church of England clergy have now received the following guidance:

It is our view, in light of the continued increase of Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom, that it is now necessary to suspend the administration of the chalice as well as physical contact during the sharing of the peace, blessing or "laying on of hands".

We therefore advise that all priests should:-

  • Offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants i.e. the consecrated bread/wafer/host, with the priest alone taking the wine;
  • suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the peace;
  • suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or ‘laying on of hands’.


This means that from this Sunday, anyone coming up to receive Communion will only be given bread, and not wine. During the Peace, please greet your neighbour without making physical contact. You can still smile, wave and say "Peace be with you"!

More Information

The Church of England has published advice for Churches on Coronavirus / Covid-19. It can be found here:

There is also a page on the Salisbury Diocese website about Coronavirus. It can be found here: