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COVID-19 Protocol for Places of Worship
Revised May 18, 2020
Below is adapted from the latest joint guidance provided by the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Governor for religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and places of worship. The same minimum standard health protocols would apply to funeral services, burials, and memorials.
Individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in the individual’s household. Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet separation from individuals. When maintaining 6 feet separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing utensils or other common objects.
Self-screen before going into a church, congregation, or place of worship for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. To the extent possible, avoid contact within 6 feet with individuals aged 65 and older. Individuals aged 65 and older should stay at home as much as possible.