The governor, upon stating that churches could meet again after May 8, subsequently released a document that I’m copying so we can all be prepared for a different service than we are accustomed. Here are the governor’s recommendations; the document is titled:


Recommended Minimum Health Protocols for Places of Worship The following are the recommended minimum health protocols for places of worship in our state. Places of worship may adopt additional protocols that are consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect health and safety. The virus is still impacting our communities, and we should continue to observe practices that protect all Hoosiers, including those who are at-risk and most vulnerable.

IN-PERSON SERVICES When services are in-person, consider the following practices:

• Ask all individuals who are 65 and above or who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay home and watch services online

• Ensure 6 feet between individuals or family units of the same households during services

• Space and mark seating, alternating rows when possible

• Clean between each service and disinfect high-contact surfaces regularly

• Place hand sanitizers in high-contact locations (e.g. bathroom, entry, exit) and ask staff, members, and guests to sanitize their hands before entering the building

• Recommend putting on a face covering before entering the building

• Consider placing signage telling staff, members, and guests to not enter if they are symptomatic or if they have tested positive for COVID-19

• Implement non-contact greetings

• Avoid handing out materials

• Keep cafés, coffee, and other self-service stations closed

• Establish safe protocols for any communion and collection to avoid contact

• Dismiss services in a way that supports social distancing

• Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices