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Louisville Courier Journal
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As Kentucky’s churches and other houses of worship begin to reopen for in-person services, they’ll have to follow cleaning and distancing guidelines.
Gov. Andy Beshear shared a full list of guidelines, cautioning houses that they do not need to reopen May 9 if they do not feel they’re ready. The lifting of the governor’s ban on in-person worship services came in the wake of court rulings against the ban.
Drive-in and virtual services should be continued to the greatest extent possible, state health guidance says.
Places of worship are among some of the first spots that can reopen after much of Kentucky shut down to in-person gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
To reopen, places of worship need to:
- Limit attendance to 33% of the building’s capacity, including clergy
- Maintain six-feet physical distancing between attendees, including in rows
- Not provide communal food or beverages
- Avoid handshakes and hugs
- Wear a mask, bandana or other face covering
- Increase sanitization, especially for high-traffic areas and surfaces
- Avoid a live choir or singing
- Consider taking temperatures or asking about symptoms, and not let in those running a fever or with other COVID-19 symptoms
- Use greeters and markers to guide social distancing
- Only allow one person in a restroom at a time, and provide hand sanitizer and soap
Any churches that offer youth services should wait to restart the programs until June 15, when childcare facilities are set to reopen.
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