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Worship Services

Places of worship are encouraged to continue drive-up or online services as much as possible. For facilities wishing to resume in-person services the checklist most be completed in its entirety and posted in the facility

In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft physical distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit ensuring a minimum 28 square feet per person not to exceed more than 175 people at any given time. If services or programs take place in a facility, maintain regular cleaning and disinfection.

For additional recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit their website.

Those at risk of severe illness with COVID-19

We understand that restrictions on religious services, in particular, have a significant impact on communities, congregations and organizations – religiously, spiritually, morally, and emotionally. We encourage gatherings to be done remotely by webinar, teleconference, social media, and telephone to reduce the risk of exposing congregants to illness.

Seniors, older adults, and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for adverse health complications if they contract this virus. This includes:

  • Those who are over age 65
  • Those who have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Those who have serious heart conditions
  • Those who are immunocompromised
  • Those who are pregnant
  • Those who are determined to be at high risk by a licensed healthcare provider

Now that COVID-19 is present in our community, we recommend that those who are at higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19 minimize their contact with people outside of their household in the community.

Events, Large Gatherings, and Religious Instructional Classes and Support Groups

Places of worship that would like to host an event, large gathering (that is not a regular worship service), or religious instructional classes and support groups with 11-50 people need to submit a plan to the health department for approval of a public gathering. If the event or class is reoccurring, please note that in the plan submission.