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Are churches and other houses of worship offering services? What are the social distancing requirements?

Last Updated: 05/07/2021

NOTE: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, indoor religious services and celebrations may be held at 100 percent of a room's capacity, but no more than 250 individuals, so long as social distancing can be maintained.

Yes, houses of worship can open for in-person services.

While services can resume, houses of worship must comply with the limits on indoor gatherings.

Indoor gatherings for religious services and celebrations must be limited to 50 percent of a room's capacity. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.

All indoor wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services must be limited to 50 percent of a room's capacity, but no more than 250 people so long as social distancing can be maintained.

General outdoor gatherings must be limited to 500 people. There is no limit for outdoor gatherings for wedding ceremonies and receptions, funerals, memorial services, religious activities, or political activities.

To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick. Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Note: Beginning November 5, 2020 employers must adhere to new employee protection guidelines, summarized here. Detailed requirements, as well as exemptions for certain employers, can be found in Executive Order No. 192.

Source: Governor's Remarks; Executive Order No. 152; Executive Order No. 156; Executive Order No. 196; Executive Order No. 219; Executive Order No. 230; Executive Order No. 238