CDC Resources for Churches
Months into the pandemic, more and more churches are wondering: When should we resume services and other regular operations? And how should we go about it?
When they ask us, we refer them to the experts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a webpage headlined “Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith.” The CDC is careful to offer advice with the following statement: “CDC offers these suggestions for faith communities to consider and accept, reject, or modify, consistent with their own faith traditions, in the course of preparing to reconvene for in-person gatherings while still working to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The page goes on to offer a number of things to consider as churches prepare to gradually return to normal services and operations. Here are some of them:
- Establish and maintain communication with local and state authorities to determine current mitigation levels in your community.
- Provide protections for staff and congregants at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Offer options for congregants at higher risk of severe illness that limit their exposure risk (e.g., remote participation in services).
- Encourage any organizations that share or use the facilities to also follow these considerations as applicable.
More general advice
The CDC offers another page of advice headlined “Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.” It contains a lot of practical advice on how to develop and carry out a smart plan for resuming public interactions.
Each congregation must assess the information and make its own decisions as it moves forward. The information on those pages will be helpful in making such decisions.
We add them along with information posted earlier from the CDC, such as:
It is our hope and prayer for your safety through this pandemic, and we look forward to continuing to serve the church community as we
all move forward, through and beyond the crisis.