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Worship Safety Measures

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We have put a number of measures in place to keep our staff and visitors safe during worship including physical distancing measures, additional cleaning regimes and limiting touch points.
Please make a note of the below before your visit to the Minster.

Worship times

York Minster is currently open for private prayer and public worship including daily services. For full details of our service times please visit our What’s On page.

We are also livestreaming our 11am Choral Eucharist and 4pm Choral Evensong services each Sunday – see What’s On for full details.

Pre booking services

As of 20 July 2021 no services – including Sunday services – require pre-booking.

See What’s On for full details of our services. All services remain free of charge.

Changes to services

We will continue to follow Church of England guidance to ensure everyone is safe. We hope to reintroduce congregational singing on Sundays over the summer months and await detailed guidance on Holy Communion which at present is administered in one kind only. There will be no plate collection passed around from hand to hand but there will be contactless donation points and retiring collections.

The Minster Choir take a well-earned break over the summer holidays, so services will be said during the week with the organ played during our Sunday services. The full pattern of choral services will begin again in September.

Entry and exit

Entry to the Minster for individual prayer and all services, except for weekday Morning Prayer at 7.30am and 7.50am, is through the doors at the West End, with exit also via this route. Entry for the weekday Morning Prayer service is via the South Transept.

Face coverings

Our staff and clergy will be available to welcome you during your visit wearing face masks and we strongly encourage people visiting the cathedral for worship to wear a face covering while in the Minster.


Physical distancing measures inside

To ensure people can safely physically distance inside the cathedral we are:

  • Limiting the number of people inside the cathedral by reducing our capacity.
  • Reducing seating and spacing our chairs in rows 1m apart.

Hand sanitiser

There are hand sanitiser points for public use at the entry and exit – please do make use of these as you enter and leave the cathedral.

NHS Test and Trace – collecting contact details

The Minster is supporting/assisting NHS Test and Trace by displaying an official NHS QR code allowing people to ‘check-in’ when they visit the Minster.

Alternatively you can leave your name and contact details by placing them in a box provided at the entrance when you attend worship. We will hold this information securely and will destroy it after 21 days. For full details of how we will collect, hold and use your personal data see our Privacy Notice for Worshippers.

For full details of how we will collect, hold and use your personal data see our Privacy Notice for Worshippers.

Toilets and baby change

Our toilets and baby change facilities are open and will be cleaned regularly during general visiting times.


Cleaning protocols are in place to ensure the Minster is cleaned at regular intervals and our staff will be cleaning high contact surfaces around the cathedral regularly throughout the day.


Like many organisations, York Minster is now facing a huge financial impact due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

For hygiene reasons, there will be no plate collections during services and we are unable to accept cash donations for candles but we do have contactless donation points in the cathedral’s Nave. We would appreciate any support you can give us at this time as we work to further our Mission and safeguard the future of the cathedral.

You can also make a donation online HERE

Thank you for your support.

Weddings and Funerals

Weddings and funerals are permitted to take place at the Minster, with limits on the number of people who can attend and physical distancing measures in place.

For full details and to make an enquiry about these services, please visit our Life Events section

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