Safety measures in place at Norwich Cathedral ready for phased reopening

Safety measures are in place at Norwich Cathedral ready for when it opens its doors again.

Places of worship have been closed for more than two months due to the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says they won't open until July 4 - at the earliest.

Norwich Cathedral, along with all Church of England Churches and Cathedrals, has been closed since March 23 Credit: PA

The Dean of Norwich says when the cathedral does reopen, visitors will have to follow a one-way system and the number of people allowed inside will be limited to maintain social distancing.

“We know how important Norwich Cathedral is to so many people and we very much hope to reopen the Cathedral as soon as it is safe to do so", the Very Revd Jane Hedges said.

"Safety remains our key priority and we will be continually reassessing the situation in the weeks ahead and listening to government advice.

"Our understanding is that there will be a phased approach to Churches reopening and that initially we may be allowed to open specifically for individual prayer.

"To prepare for this, we have been working with the Cathedral’s external health and safety adviser to create a safe, one-way route through the Cathedral for those wishing to visit for prayer or reflection.”

During the first phase of reopening, the number of people allowed into the cathedral will be limited Credit: PA

Visitors to Norwich cathedral will be asked to use hand sanitiser when they arrive and keep two metres apart.

All areas accessible to the public have been cleared of chairs to allow people to socially distance and no toilet facilities will be available.

The Nave will be open for people to light a candle on the Peace Globe, butin the first phase of reopening, the cathedral will not be open for general sightseeing and the cathedral’s shop, café and cloisters will also remain closed.