On Tuesday, Governor Tate Reeves released social distancing and sanitation guidelines for in-person worship services to safely resume across Mississippi.
Consulting with Dr. Thomas Dobbs and our state health officials, Governor Reeves developed guidelines for worship leaders and their congregations to join together to practice their faiths while continuing to help protect public health and flatten the curve.
"I’ll just say this as a personal point. My family is likely going to continue worshiping from home for a while. The church is not a building. We can honor our Lord and keep our neighbors safe. You don’t need to rush back. We do want to provide a playbook for how to do it safely, when pastors determine the time is right," said Governor Tate Reeves.
The guidelines include steps to prepare houses of worship, plan for logistics and worship programming, and direct staff and worship leadership on social distancing protocols. You can view the full guidelines for in-person worship serviceshere.
Governor Reeves made the announcement at today's press briefing, which you can view on our Facebook pagehere.
Churches and places of worship were deemed anessential business or operationand were never instructed to close, though they were encouraged to offer services online and remotely to help slow the spread of COVID-19.