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.

Best Practices

  • 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.

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