Gov. Eric Holcomb,
along with State Health Commissioner Kris Box, has issued guidance for
places of worship in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“During this time
of uncertainty, fatih is more important than ever, and I am deeply grateful
to our religious leaders for their efforts to find safe and creative ways to
serve their communities,” Holcomb said in a statement released after
deadline on Thursday. “The purpose of this guidance is not to restrict
religious liberty but to save lives during these extraordinary times. I look
forward to the day when we can once again worship side-by-side without the
threat of spreading the coronavirus.”
order 20-18 states that all public and private gatherings, including
religious and spiritual, must be restricted to 10 people or fewer. In
-- Church buildings
and other physical locations for worship should be closed.
-- Live-stream or
other virtual services are best.
-- The minimum
number of necessary personnel should be used at all times for any services.
services may be conducted under the following conditions only: attendees
must remain in their vehicles at all times and may not interact physically
with clergy, staff, or other participants; vehicles may contain only members
of a single household; vehicles must be spaced nine feet apart or the
equivalent of every other parking spot; no one may exit a vehicle at any
time; portable restrooms are not allowed on the grounds and no indoor church
restrooms may be used; Communion should not be held, but if so only
pre-packaged Communion should be used and it must be distributed in a way
that meets food safety stardards.
-- Persons who are
65 or older or who have underlying conditions like heart or lung disease or
diabetes should not attend any worship service.