Native locations of worship alter to new reopening tips

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – As a part of part one in every of Governor Baker’s reopening plan, homes of worship had been allowed to reopen again on Could 18 however with restrictions.

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Some church buildings equivalent to Bethany Meeting of God in Agawam and a number of church buildings within the Springfield catholic diocese have began in-person companies. Alternatively, a number of western Massachusetts synagogues and the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts are nonetheless internet hosting on-line companies out of an abundance of warning.


“We’ve carried out on-line registration,” Stephen Tate, lead pastor at Bethany Meeting of God informed 22Information. “We’ve carried out all the security protocols beneficial by the rules of state that the governor gave.”

“Social distancing, masks, each different pew is blocked off, all of these tips are in place, all of the sanitation tips,” Pastor Tate assured.

Homes of worship are allowed to have companies at 40 p.c capability and attendees should put on a masks. Attendees who will not be a part of the identical family have to be seated six ft other than one another as properly.


The state is encouraging locations of worship to do on-line sign-up for companies upfront with a purpose to monitor and restrict the variety of attendees. Spiritual leaders suggest contacting your home of worship earlier than attending companies to see what their protocol appears like.