Recent developments remind Christians that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. Furthermore, if we are not careful, our churches can become COVID-19 hotspots.
On August 30, 2020, Spectrum News reported that the Monroe County Health Department was looking into multiple COVID-19 cases that are connected to a church in Spencerport. Spectrum News added that “five individuals from five different households connected to the church have tested positive for the coronavirus.” The Health Department is urging persons who attended one particular church service to contact them, to get tested, and to self-quarantine.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) encourages church leaders and believers throughout the state to love our neighbors by using caution when we gather for church services. Masks and social distancing are two ways to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19. In addition to the applicable state regulations, here are some helpful tips:
- Prop doors open, making it unnecessary to touch door handles;
- Provide hand sanitizer;
- Dismiss congregants by rows;
- Socialize outdoors rather than indoors;
- Ask persons with potential COVID-19 symptoms to stay home; and
- Urge elderly persons and persons with pre-existing conditions to worship remotely.
New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, NYCF’s educational arm, has compiled a list of resources that contain information for churches as they navigate the re-opening process.