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Following a Government announcement that all places of worship could open for supervised private prayer from 13 June, Liverpool Cathedral is starting its journey to reopen on Thursday 18 June in line with the latest Government and Public Health social distancing guidelines to ensure people’s safety.
New measures to keep people safe will include booking in advance to enable limiting the number of people allowed inside at any one time, much reduced seating, hand sanitisers at appropriate points, and new signage to remind people of the health and safety around social distancing.
During the first stage of reopening, private prayer will be held in the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel. Clergy, volunteers and staff will be on hand to assist people while they are in the Chapel and there will also be an opportunity to light a candle. The Cathedral’s Main Space, Welsford Restaurant, Mezzanine Café, Shop and toilet facilities will not be open at this time and will be part of a later phase.
The Dean of Liverpool, The Very Revd Dr Sue Jones said that preparations were taking place to allow the Cathedral to open its doors once more- but that the historic Grade 1 listed building would not open until it was safe to do so.
She added, “I know how important prayer is for people’s relationship with God, for people’s lives and for their well-being, so it is great to be opening our doors and to start welcoming people back for individual private prayer. We are taking sensible steps so we keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe and I urge everyone to respect the rules and stay safe. This is one step on the long road to welcoming everyone back to encounter Liverpool Cathedral once more.”
Liverpool Cathedral closed its doors on 23 March. Since that time it has responded to the crisis in creative and innovative ways offering a wide range of support – both practical and spiritual to the community – online and off – and has seen a growing number of people seeking prayer and worship in these uncertain times.
It will continue to offer digital services and these can be found at www.prayerforliverpool.org or through the Cathedral’s social media channels. Further details about booking times for prayer at Liverpool Cathedral will be released on Tuesday 16 June.
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