Community & Faith-Based Organizations
Updated: 11/17, 4:00 p.m.
Houses of worship can open for in-person services. While services can resume, houses of worship must comply with the limits on indoor gatherings. Indoor weddings, funerals, memorial services, and religious and political activities protected under the First Amendment must be limited to 150 people or 25% of a room's capacity - whichever number is lower. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.
Effective November 23, general outdoor gatherings must be limited to 150 people. There is no limit for outdoor gatherings for weddings, funerals, memorial services, religious activities, or political activities.
The CDC has offered the following guidelines specifically geared towards community and faith-based organizations:
- Consider the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, and other individuals with access and functional needs in your response plan. Helpful resources are available online, such as the Capacity-Building Toolkit for Including Aging and Disability Networks in Emergency Planning
- Establish relationships with key community partners and stakeholders. We are here to help. Visit our Staff Directory page for more information on how to get in contact with Township officials.
- Promote the practice of everyday preventive actions. Use health messages and materials developed by credible public health sources, such as your local and state public health departments or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more about everyday preventive actions.
- Provide COVID-19 prevention supplies at your organization. Have supplies on hand for staff, volunteers, and those you serve, such as soap, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash baskets, and disposable facemasks. Plan to have extra supplies on hand during a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Plan ways to limit face-to-face contact between people at your organization. Several ways to do this include offering workers the option to telework, replacing in-person meetings in the workplace with video or telephone conferences, and postponing non-essential meetings and travel.
- Help counter stigma and discrimination in your community. Engage with stigmatized groups and speak out against negative behaviors.