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Walz , Flanagan announce plan for places of worship to open as safely as possible

Walz , Flanagan announce plan for places of worship to open as safely as possible

KAAL-TV
Updated: May 23, 2020 06:57 PM
Created: May 23, 2020 02:19 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Twenty-four hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance allowing for reopening places of worship, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced on Saturday in a rare weekend press conference, they have partnered with Minnesota faith leaders on a plan for places of worship who decide to open to do so as safely as possible.

They said they consulted with with Minnesota faith leaders, the Minnesota Department of Health has developed additional guidance for faith-based communities, places of worship, and services. Starting May 27, places of worship may open at 25 percent occupancy if they adhere to social distancing and other public health guidelines to keep congregants safe.

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 To update this guidance, the Governor today signed Executive Order 20-62 amending his previous orders to allow for safe worship, weddings, and funerals.

Here's the link of the live press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT1U7ngokew

 According to the Executive Order, places of worship, funeral homes, and other venues that offer gathering space for weddings, funerals, and planned services such as worship, rituals, prayer meetings, scripture studies, may host such services with over 10 people, provided that they adhere to the below requirements:

      • In all settings, ensure a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between households.
      • In indoor settings, occupancy must not exceed 25 percent of the normal occupant capacity as determined by the fire marshal, with a maximum of 250 people in a single self-contained space.
      • In outdoor settings, gatherings must not exceed 250 individuals.
      • Develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in accordance with guidance developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and available at https://mn.gov/deed/guidance


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