Visitors will be permitted at the landmark cathedral from Saturday, July 4 as the hospitality sector reopens and the cathedral’s first public worship since lockdown will be a simple service of Holy Communion on Sunday, July 12, at 10.30am. It has already reopened for private worship.
The tearoom and café is also preparing to serve customers from July 10, although this will be in operation at weekends only to start with.
A spokesman for the Cathedral said: “A one-way system will be in place and visitors will be asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and on exit. Social distancing at 2m will be expected and for this reason the small side chapels will remain closed.
“People will be invited to leave their contact details for ‘track and trace’ purposes, in line with Government advice."
Explaining the new procedures, the spokesman said: “There is no entry charge but visitors are asked to make a donation to support the Cathedral and its work.
“It will be open to visitors from 10am until 4pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 11.30am until 4pm on Sundays.”
The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said: “We are delighted that, thanks to a lot of hard work from our staff and volunteers, we are able to open our doors again to those who would like to explore our wonderful cathedral. We are blessed with plenty of space and have safety measures in place, so we hope that many people will feel able to make a visit.”
“The cathedral’s first public worship since lockdown will be a simple service of Holy Communion on Sunday 12th July, at 10.30am. An online service will also be provided each Sunday. Until general visiting starts on 4th July, the nave of the cathedral continues to be open for private prayer from 10am to 1pm, as it has been since 22nd June. The cathedral grounds (except the Cloisters) are also open to visitors during the daytime.
The cathedral shop and guided tours are not yet available although it is hoped to relaunch both of these safely in due course. The Cathedral Visitor Centre and toilets remain closed for the time being.
The cathedral has seen a drop in donations during the lockdown and is inviting people to keep supporting them with donations, which helps them to keep going.
A spokesman said: "Donations from both worshippers and visitors are vital sources of funds for the cathedral, so it has definitely experienced a drop in income during lockdown.
"Many regular members of the congregation give by monthly standing order, which is a great help, and others are being encouraged to give via Facebook when we live stream services each week. We very much hope that visitor donations will start to recover once we are more widely open in the coming weeks.
"These are challenging times for everyone and the cathedral is no exception.”
Any updates to this information will be posted on the cathedral website
All Saint's Church, in Park Road, Peterborough has also announced it's re-opening on Sunday and has invited people to join in for a socially-distanced service from 10am.
St John's Church in Cathedral Square is still working on plans to reopen for public worhsip, although it has reopened for private prayer, while continuing to run a streaming service online.
The mosques in the city are also preparing to reopen safely following govenrment guidance, however, the opening dates for each of the five mosques are yet to be confirmed.