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Governor Hutchinson Sets Guidelines for Places of Worship, Larger Venues

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that places of worship and outdoor venues may reopen effective today, but issued guidelines that should be followed.

Places of Worship may open effective May 4

  • Online platforms strongly encouraged
  • Signs advise no entry if recent fever, symptoms or contact with positive patient
  • 6-foot physical distancing execpt for family groups
  • Face coverings worn at all times inside by anyone over 10 years old
  • Worship leaders addressing congregation and performing singers may take off face mask
  • 12 foot physical distance required at these times
  • Hand sanitizing stations at entrances
  • “Meet and greet” times moved outside as possible
  • Refreshments offered outdoors only
  • Lines for entry/exit monitored for distancing
  • No physical contact
  • Eliinate use of items touched by multiple people, like collection plate/shared books
  • Refrain from having people come forward to common altar rail for Holy Communion, blessing, etc
  • No classes for youth or childcare
  • Sanitize common areas

Large Outdoor Venues may open effective May 4
arenas, sports venues, race tracks, stadiums, amusement centers, fairgrounds

  • 12-foot distance between performers, audience
  • 50 or fewer performers/players/contestants
  • Audience of 50 or fewer people
  • 6-foot distancing in seating, except for family groups
  • Lines marked/monitored for distancing
  • Every other row should be unoccupied

Large Indoor Venues may open effective May 18
auditoriums, lecture halls, movie theatres, museums, arenas, sports venues, race tracks, funeral homes, bowling alleys

  • 12 foot distance between performers, audience
  • 50 or fewer performers/players/contestants
  • Audience of 50 or fewer people
  • 6 foot distancing in seating, except for family groups
  • Lines marked/monitored for distancing
  • Every other row should be occupied
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