Grace to you and peace in the name of Jesus Christ!
Many of you are asking what churches should do in the face of this new surge in the coronavirus. The Communications and Coordination Team and I have this guidance to share. Once again, I am not a bishop and I cannot tell you what you must do. But this information is shared following Governor Northam’s most recent executive order.
One source summarized seven requirements for churches (see below) that should be implemented immediately. If churches can’t comply with these requirements, Gov. Northam’s order says they may not be held in person. The new COVID-19 restrictions limit gatherings to just 25 people. Though that number does not apply to churches in the POJ holding “religious services” (e.g., gatherings for worship), there cannot be gatherings of more than 25 people for any other church activities (e.g., Bible studies, meals, etc.).
According to most recent Virginia’s Phase Three Executive Order, people may attend in-person church services of more than 25 people with the following requirements: