METRO ATLANTA – Much like businesses and government agencies, churches in the metro area are starting to make changes as the number of COVID-19 cases in the region begins to rise again.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta sent new guidelines for its churches on Friday. Many other places of worship on the Atlanta metro have done the same.
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The Archdiocese’s note reminded parishes that they should review their protocols and add new ones if necessary. At RhemaNation Church in DeKalb County, they have already tightened their security procedures for anyone who comes into the building.
The church explained what their procedures are and why they are in place to Channel 2’s Michele Newell.
“You must keep your mask on throughout the service,” said Kay Gibson, church communications director. “Our COVID-19 task force is just a small team of individuals, healthcare professionals, nurses and doctors. “
Prior to their Sunday services, the church requires parishioners to register in advance in order to attend the service in person. The working group will then check each person as they enter the building.
“If church members can’t register before coming to church, they can register in person, but they still need to register,” Gibson said. “Then we move on and go to the disinfection station and encourage them to disinfect themselves before entering the church. “
There is also an option to view the service virtually, online.
Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church recently suspended in-person services. On their website, the explanation that it was a security decision based on the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. They said the decision was made in consultation with their COVID task force.
The RehmaNation Church has said it is ready to make adjustments to its protocols if things continue to change.
“We’re literally watching every week with our pastor and administrators, just to see what’s going on in the world,” Gibson said. “If it gets to a point where we have to go back to virtual, that’s okay with us. “
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