At a time when many people are looking to religion for spiritual support, COVID-19 is making it difficult for faith-based communities to serve their members. We understand this, and that’s why – as the state begins its phased approach to reopening – we’re encouraging faith organizations to start planning now to safely welcome members back into their facilities.
We’ve created a video, featuring County Manager David Ellis and Public Health Director Regina Petteway, that speaks specifically to this planning effort. It offers guidance and resources to help faith-based communities take the right steps to ensure members can socially distance, sanitize their hands and avoid contact when in-person services are allowed to begin again.
We encourage you to share this video with your faith organization and its leadership. We’re all in this together, and the more we do in partnership to protect each other from this virus, the better for everyone.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Community and Faith-Based Organizations
- N.C. Department of Health & Human Services – Community and Faith-Based Organizations
- Center for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships
- Checklist for Reopening Faith-Based Organizations Safely
- NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Places of Worship and Religious Services in Phase 2 (as of May 22)