Quarr Abbey Road Map for Reopening

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This is our planned approach to reopening please remember that this is reliant on each of the criteria being achieved for the national road map to unlock each step

The decision will be based on four tests:

  • the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  • evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  • infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  • our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern
Weekends only
Tea shop and farm shop reopen Takeaways onlyAll existing covid-19 restrictions stay in place People are now allowed to picnic, but restrictions on the number of people that can meet do not change. Their household or support bubble if they are eligible or with one person from outside their household.
29/3/2021Tea and farm shop open 7 days a weekTakeaways only
Good Friday Closed
All existing covid-19 restrictions stay in place The number of people that people can meet outside changes to the rule of 6
12/4/2021Tea Garden
Monastery Shop
Art exhibitions reopen
Take away service only for tea garden and tea shopAll existing covid-19 restrictions stay in place
Rule of 6 stays in place 
No social mixing indoors
17/5/2021Tea shop indoors reopens
Visitor Centre Opens 
Table Service indoors only Take away available for tea garden and groundsAll existing covid-19 restrictions stay in place
Most restrictions on meeting outdoors are lifted to the maximum of 30 people
The rule of 6 or two households are allowed inside spaces
21/6/2020Pilgrims Chapel reopens All areas operating restrictions lifted operating pre-covid19 (see note below)


NB. Toilets will be open when the tea shop is open 

The pigs have returned to the Abbey

Before the 21st of June, the Government  will complete a complete review of social distancing and other long term measures such as wearing of face masks , they will stay in place until this review has been completed and not likely to be lifted until the 21st of June

Small social distanced work meetings can take place – outdoors where possible

Covid-restrictions include 

  • Wearing of face masks inside
  • Hand washing and hand sanitising 
  • One way systems and no access areas
  • Test and trace 
  • Social distancing

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Welcome to the Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.

Quarr Abbey is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors are welcome to attend worship in the Abbey Church. You can visit our gardens, take refreshment in our Tea Shop and find out about the monastery in our Visitor Centre. The Farm Shop offers home grown produce and the Monastery Shop religious articles, books and souvenirs. There is a new exhibition of the work of local artists every week in the gallery.

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