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

Last Updated: 11/23/2020

Yes, houses of worship can open for in-person services. Individuals should check with their houses of worship to see if in-person religious services have resumed.

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

Indoor weddings, funerals, memorial services, and religious and political activities protected under the First Amendment must be limited to 150 people or 25% of a room's capacity -- whichever number is lower. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.

General outdoor gatherings must be limited to 150 people. There is no limit for outdoor gatherings for wedding ceremonies, 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, 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. 161; Executive Order No. 173; Executive Order No. 196