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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public worship will resume in the Abbey from 3rd December, and we will be open for visiting on selected days from 11th December.

In the meantime, the Abbey remains open for individual prayer and you are welcome to visit at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Advent and Christmas

Earlier this year the coronavirus pandemic closed the Abbey for the first time since the Second World War.

Our doors re-opened in July, but the regulations introduced on 5th November have required us to close again for all but individual prayer until at least 2 December. The safety of our visitors and worshippers is paramount, and there is every likelihood that the guidelines for the safe use of places of worship will seriously limit the numbers of worshippers at our services once we are allowed to reopen for that purpose.

We knew some time ago that we would not be able to hold services at which the congregation could sing carols. Now it is clear to us that we shall not be able to welcome the thousands who regularly fill the Abbey for one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar. The Dean and Chapter of Westminster will keep this position under review and will announce its plans for Christmas services in due course.

Be assured that we pray daily for Her Majesty The Queen, her government, the nation and Commonwealth, and for those who in these difficult days face illness, need and loss.

I feel very privileged to work here. I take so much pride in working for a beautiful place like the Abbey, it’s unique.

Alex - Abbey Marshal

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