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Rochester Cathedral reopens to the public today

Rochester Cathedral is opening its doors again following the Covid-19 outbreak.

The historic building is welcoming people back today after closing to the public in March.

People will now be able to attend for private prayer and lighting a candle.

However, there are a number of new rules they will face, including following a one-way system around the site.

Dean of Rochester Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr Philip Hesketh, said:"We are delighted to be able to welcome everyone back and we're now open for private prayer and for the lighting of candles between 10am and 1pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

"There will be one or two things in place to help keep you safe.

"We now have five non-touch sanitising stations which are placed around the cathedral, please use them as often as often as you feel necessarily, but certainly on entry and exit.

"When you enter you'll be welcomed by one of our team or members of staff who will direct you into a one-way system which will be in place on the day.

"It will lead you to one of three candle stands and you can light a candle and offer your prayer. Please be mindful of other people and other people praying. "When you finish you can exit through the north door.

"The choir and access to the high alter are closed due to essential building repairs, areas which remained closed are: the café, crypt, shop, exhibition, the Lady Chapel, library and access to the south door and the Garth.

"We look forward to seeing you, go well and stay safe."

For more information about the cathedral and visiting it, click here.

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