First UMC Mt. Carmel, photo courtesy of the Rev. Kay Painter
Re-opening Best Practices for Churches now during COVID
Re-opening Best Practices for Local Churches
Eastern PA Conference United Methodist Church
Updated November 2020
The Eastern PA Conference places the health and welfare of our members and the surrounding community as the first priority in making decisions around occupancy. As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, we recommend churches monitor their city or county’s infection rates, modify their reopening strategies, and either return to virtual offerings or decrease in room capacity, as necessary. Congregations that reopen must be committed to the goal of flattening the virus’s curve by following all state and city guidelines. They should have a reopening plan approved by their church’s administrative council. Please continue to monitor both the PA.gov and CDC.gov websites for up-to-date information. Continue reading...