New Guidelines Allow Places of Worship to Resume Services

PHOTO: Michelle Hannon / Tri-Community NewsPlus

Places of worship can now resume services and funerals with precautions. Pictured: Easter Sunday parking lot service at the Fountain of Living Waters Church in Phelan.

     Today, San Bernardino County announced the reopening of places of worship based on the newly issued State-specific guidelines. The State issued guidelines, issued this morning, places of worship can hold religious services, including funerals as long as attendance is limited to 25 percent of building capacity and does not exceed 100 guests.

     “This is a great first step for our residents of faith who have refrained from gathering for more than two months,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The COVID-19 virus is still very present throughout our County. With places of worship, dine-in restaurants, stores, and malls now suddenly open, it is more important than ever that we practice physical distancing, wear face coverings in public, and frequently wash our hands to protect ourselves and those around us.”

     The State is still encouraging organizations to continue online services and activities, especially for the protection of those who are most at risk from COVID-19.  

To reopen for religious services and funerals, places of worship must:

  • Establish and implement a COVID-19 prevention plan for every location, train staff on the plan, and regularly evaluate workplaces for compliance.
  • Train employees and volunteers on COVID-19, including how to prevent it from spreading and which underlying health conditions may make individuals more susceptible to contracting the virus.
  • Implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • Set physical distancing guidelines.
  • Recommend that staff and guests wear cloth face coverings, and screen staff for temperature and symptoms at the beginning of their shifts.
  • Set parameters around or consider eliminating singing and group recitations. These activities dramatically increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For this reason, congregants engaging in singing, particularly in the choir and group recitation, should wear face coverings at all times. When possible, these activities should be conducted outside with greater than 6-foot distancing.

The State guidelines can be found HERE.

     According to the County’s press release, not adhering to all of the guidelines in their entirely could result in the spread of illness and the re-closing of places of worship. In 21 days, the State Department of Public Health, in consultation with the County Department of Public Health, will review and assess the impact of the religious services guidelines and provide further direction as part of a phased-in restoration of activities. This 21-day interval accounts for seven days for religious communities to prepare and reopen in addition to a 14-day incubation period of COVID-19.

If You Liked This Article...

NewsPlus Weekly Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates In Your Inbox

News • Events • People • History • Plus

Established in 1998, Tri-Community NewsPlus provides Phelan, Pinon Hills & Wrightwood with local, trustworthy, verified news, events, and information at and in print with NewsPlus Monthly.

Air Quality Index

NewsPlus Weekly


Get The NewsPlus Weekly Newsletter, Every Thursday Afternoon

The week's news and upcoming events
in your inbox every Thursday afternoon from
Tri-Community NewsPlus.


Read The Latest Print Edition Of
Tri-Community NewsPlus Monthly


Get NewsPlus Weekly emailed directly to your inbox. Stay current with what's happening in the Tri-Community with a summary of the weeks news and events..


Tri-Community NewsPlus

Sign-Up For NewsPlus Weekly In Your Inbox!


Well Done,
You Did It!

What’s Next?

Check your inbox for a confirmation email and click the button to complete your registration.  We do this to prevent spam from unwanted spam robots!

Group Signup Form

  1. Pleases fill out this form to submit your request to participate.
  2. Be sure to review the schedule first and pick a desired date and an alternate date should your desired date be taken.
  3. Check the “Yes” box if you would like to schedule a second date.
  4. We will contact you shortly after we receive your submission to verify your request and go over details.