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It's been over 7 months since the COVID-19 pandemic began in North America. Fully immersed in a second wave of infections, COVID-19 numbers are spiking throughout the United States and Canada. Certain safety protocols have been placed to mitigate infections. With that said, is it safe to go to church during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The answer isn't clear cut. There are numerous factors to consider when deciding if it's safe to go to church during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Churches are part of the community fabric, which is important during difficult times like the pandemic. But churches have a responsibility to provide a safe environment to parishioners. COVID-19 is an incredibly contagious virus, and without proper safeguards churches can become super spreaders.
All churches should enforce local COVID-19 safety protocols. Masks wearing, hand sanitizing, social distancing and fever checks should all be mandatory. If someone is feeling ill, then unfortunately they should not be allowed to attend services.
There have been multiple churches that have not enforced proper COVID-19 safety measures, which have lead to infections of church-goers. It is the responsibility of the church to make sure everyone that enters the building can worship safely.
A large number of churches are providing online virtual services during the pandemic. If you are unable to attend church in person due to COVID-19, these are a great alternative way to worship.