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Houses of worship allowed indoor services

Posted at 10:00 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 13:00:41-04

It's been months since houses of worship have been able to host services inside but now they can at limited capacities. This comes after the county moved into the red tier of the state's reopening system.

On Sunday Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church opened its doors for services for the first time since June.

Places of worship are allowed to have indoor operations at 25-percent capacity or 100 people.

Saint Elizabeth has implemented safety measures creating social distancing seating by having every other row blocked off and additional seats between families.

"We encourage everybody to practice social distancing, as one of the practices. We've installed various hand sanitizers, stations up on the walls, and portable hand sanitizers that we put throughout the entryway and after each inside service we actually disinfect with hydrostatic spray to disinfect the church," explained David Rodriguez, deacon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Church leaders share they are only holding indoor services on Sundays at 10 a.m. and have a system on who can attend.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton said they continue to hold outdoor services and are looking to add additional masses in the future.