Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday released guidelines for “safe in-person worship services.” 

After consulting with the state’s health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Reeves developed social distancing and sanitation guidelines “for worship leaders and their congregations to join together to practice their faiths while continuing to help protect public health and flatten the curve,” a release from Gov. Reeves’ office states.

“I’ll just say this as a personal point,” Reeves said. “My family is likely going to continue worshipping from home for a while. The church is not a building. We can honor our Lord and keep our neighbors safe. You don’t need to rush back. We do want to provide a playbook for how to do it safely, when pastors determine the time is right.” 

The guidelines include: How to prepare houses of worship; plans for logistics, worship programming, and direct staff and worship leadership on social distancing protocols.” 

A full copy of the guidelines can be viewed on the Sea Coast Echo’s website. 

According to the release, “churches and places of worship were deemed an essential business or operation and were never instructed to close, though they were encouraged to offer services online and remotely to help slow the spread of COVID-19.” 

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