The Archbishop of Canterbury announced on Tuesday 17th March 2020 that public worship is 'suspended until further notice' amid fears over coronavirus.
In a joint letter, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu respectively, said it was 'necessary to put public services on hold'.
They added church buildings may remain open for prayer 'where practical' and as long as worshippers observe social distancing recommendations.
A Church of England spokesman also clarified that weddings and funerals could still go ahead.
'Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,' the archbishops wrote. 'Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.
'We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.
'Please do carry on supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it. Ensure the night shelters wherever possible are kept open.
Archbishop Justin and our own Bishop has urged us to keep the church buildings open for private prayer wherever possible as we know so many do all the time.
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