Houses of Worship
COVID Safe Practices for Houses of Worship
- Adhere to Required COVID-Safe Practices for All Employers.
- Adhere to Required COVID-Safe Practices for Retail Establishments.
- Adhere to maximum occupancy limits per the State’s Public Health Order. Adjust seating capacity and stage setting to meet occupancy guidelines and 6 feet of distance between individuals and performers.
- Provide drive-in and online services to the greatest extent possible.
- Communicate to attendees to take the following precautions:
- Those with known close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 must not attend in-person services until the end of the 14-day self-isolation period, as recommended by the Department of Health.
- Perform temperature checks at home on all persons. Individuals who are ill or who have fevers must not attend in-person services.
- Children’s programming, public programs and special events must comply with all State Public Health Orders regarding maximum occupancy limits.
- Review the State Public Health Order and all COVID-Safe Practices with guest musicians and guest worship leaders to ensure compliance.
- All touring artists, performers, tech crews, etc., are subject to the State’s Public Health Orders.
- Attendees must remain separated from backstage technical personnel and worship leaders at all times.
- Prohibit shared use of service-related materials and literature. Materials and literature must be distributed contactless (e.g. in an accessible stack) or by a person wearing gloves and a mask.
- If nurseries and childcare facilities are utilized, they must comply with CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs.
- Collect tithes and offerings in collection boxes only and encourage online giving.
- Use disposable, one-time use packages for elements used in religious practices (e.g. Christian communion, palm branches, anointing oil, etc.)
- All religious gatherings that take place in homes are also required to adhere to COVID-Safe Practices for All Employers.
- If absolutely necessary for the practice of religion, any choir or congregation singing or chanting must be performed with masks.
- Discontinue choir or congregation singing or chanting.
- Install large plexiglass sneeze guards at information desks and welcome centers.
- Discourage vulnerable individuals from attending in-person services.
- Discourage attendees from engaging in hand shaking or other physical contact.
- Offer face coverings to attendees.
- Erect barriers to create controlled entry/exit for crowd control. Consider metered seating and provide special arrival times and other accommodations for vulnerable populations.