Additional Matters Order – COVID19

Additional Matters Order – COVID19

From 13th July 2020, the Chancellor has agreed an Additional Matters Order, which gives Archdeacons the authority temporarily to approve certain matters (in relation to the safe reopening of churches) that would otherwise require a Faculty, such as hand sanitisers, washing facilities, additional furniture, video/broadcasting equipment and pricket stands for votive candles. Any such approval is (currently) for a period not to exceed 1st June 2021. See the Additional Matters Order for further details and procedures to follow to obtain your Archdeacon’s approval.

Update 24th June – The Coronavirus and marriage in the Church of England – Guidance to clergy

The full text of the new guidance is below.


The Coronavirus and marriage in the Church of England – Guidance to clergy


The Government has announced that churches can now be opened for marriages from the 4th July, subject to physical distancing and limited to 30 people being present.

There are a number of issues relating to the opening up of churches which are not wholly straightforward, each church will need to assess how it is going to do this, making arrangements as to cleaning and how to address situations where parish clergy are continuing to ‘shield’ etc.

The Registry is monitoring the situation, and the advice being issued by the Government, the national church and diocesan guidance/directions and more detailed guidance will be issued supplementing the previous advice on this website, when things are clearer.

In the meantime, couples wishing to arrange a marriage should contact their parish priest or the minister of the church concerned in the first instance.


Diocesan Registry

1 The Sanctuary



24th June 2020


Public Notice Direction (COVID-19)

With the current government direction to stay at home and with the closure of places of worship, it is impracticable to comply with the conditions for public notice under the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 and the Chancellor has therefore made a direction which applies until further notice