Church Services

Church Services Phased Guidelines

Updated 9/16/2020


As of June 19, 2020, the following counties have transitioned to the GREEN risk phase: BEAVER, GARFIELD, and KANE County. For updated guidelines specific to these counties from the State COVID website, please visit the link below. 

YELLOW – LOW RISK

IRON and WASHINGTON COUNTIES

Social Guidelines
  • General public takes reasonable precautions
  • Physical distance whenever feasible; face coverings are to be worn when physical distancing is not feasible
  • Private, social interactions that occur without oversight by a formal organization are allowable in groups 50 or fewer; this may be increased incrementally based on data & milestone trends
Church Services
  • Follow all social guidelines outlined above
  • Seating arrangements should be made such that a 6-foot radius distance is maintained between each household group
  • Limit the number of people in a confined area to enable adequate distancing at all times.
  • See Appendix B for additional considerations
  • Places of worship consider filling each seat or standing space as long as:
    • physical distancing is still promoted and maintained wherever feasible at the venue
    • face coverings are worn by individuals when physical distancing is not feasible
    • attendance is tracked and seating assignments, or designated sitting/standing areas, are utilized to assist with contact tracing efforts
    • extra hygiene and sanitization practices in place, for example:
      • Dedicated individuals for sanitizing high-touch areas
Appendix B: Considerations for Faith Groups Returning to In-Person Religious Services

The following are provided as considerations for faith groups and individuals returning to in-person religious services. These considerations were prepared in consultation with a working group of faith leaders representing the rich diversity of faiths in Utah. These considerations are also consistent with ongoing messaging from the Utah Department of Health and are consistent with the best available medical science.

  • Consideration for high-risk individuals: 
    • Limit participation in any in-person gatherings, including religious services, of any number of people outside your household group. 
    • High-risk individuals include those:
      • Older adults as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here
      • People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
        • Chronic kidney disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
        • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
        • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
        • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
        • Sickle cell disease
        • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
        • Children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease.
  • Considerations for all individuals participating in an in-person religious service:
    • Wear a face mask when you cannot maintain a distance of six feet from other individuals from a different household.
    • Do not shake hands with, or otherwise touch, an individual who is not a member of your household group.
    • Avoid high-touch surfaces.
    • Disinfect high touch surfaces frequently.
    • Wash your hands frequently. 
    • Wear a face mask and wear gloves or sanitize hands when preparing food to be consumed by individuals from a different household.
    • Avoid group meals that are not part of the religious service.
  • Considerations for faith group leaders organizing an in-person religious service:
    • Implement measures to prevent individuals from congregating in lobbies or meeting areas where a 6-foot distance between household groups is difficult to maintain.
    • Post signage to remind individuals to maintain physical distancing when in common areas.
    • Set an established window of time or provide separate entrances for high-risk individuals to enter and exit without pressure from crowds.
    • Provide multiple meeting schedules to accommodate smaller gatherings where social distancing guidelines can be followed.
    • Provide streamed services to households that prefer to participate virtually.

RED

Social Guidelines
  • General public takes extreme precautions
  • Stay 6 feet away from others when outside the home unless not possible
  • Face coverings worn in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • In-person interactions limited to individual households; increase virtual interactions
  • Essential travel only. Leave home infrequently
  • Social interactions in groups of 10 or fewer
Church Services
  • Follow all social guidelines outlined above
  • Recommend streamed services to households

ORANGE

Social Guidelines
  • General public takes extreme precautions
  • Stay 6 feet away from others when outside the home unless not possible
  • Face coverings worn in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • In-person interactions limited to individual households and those who have been following recommended distancing/hygiene guidelines; increase use of virtual interactions
  • Leave home infrequently
  • Private, social interactions that occur without oversight by a formal organization are allowable in groups of 20 or fewer
Church Services
  • Seating arrangements should be made such that a 6-foot radius distance is maintained between each household group
  • Limit the number of people in a confined area to enable adequate distancing at all times.
  • See Appendix B for additional considerations

YELLOW

Social Guidelines
  • General public takes reasonable precautions
  • Physical distance whenever feasible; face coverings are to be worn when physical distancing is not feasible
  • Private, social interactions that occur without oversight by a formal organization are allowable in groups 50 or fewer; this may be increased incrementally based on data & milestone trends
Church Services
  • Seating arrangements should be made such that a 6-foot radius distance is maintained between each household group
  • Limit the number of people in a confined area to enable adequate distancing at all times.
  • See Appendix B for additional considerations
  • Places of worship consider filling each seat or standing space as long as:
    • Physical distancing is still promoted and maintained wherever feasible at the venue
    • face coverings are worn by individuals when physical distancing is not feasible
    • attendance is tracked and seating assignments, or designated sitting/standing areas, are utilized to assist with contact tracing efforts
    • extra hygiene and sanitization practices in place, for example:
      • Dedicated individuals for sanitizing high-touch areas

GREEN

Social Guidelines

As restriction are lifted in the New Normal phase, the likelihood of COVID-19 spread is increased. Because of this, the following are strongly encouraged for all individuals:

  • General public follows current federal and local public health precautions
  • Symptomatic individuals should not attend social gatherings
  • Hygiene measures, physical distancing, face coverings, and symptom monitoring are encouraged for all group gatherings
Church Services
  • Places of worship are encouraged to consider all social guidelines outlined above and the principles outlined in the General Guidelines for Employers HERE

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