Although some states open for business this weekend, a large number of churches aren’t ready to resume in-person services.
In Tennessee, where Gov. Bill Lee is allowing restaurants and other businesses to emerge from lockdown, provided they follow social distancing procedures, many churches are holding back until the state has reopened more fully. Lee, like many other governors, provided exemptions for churches in his stay-at-home order, but still encouraged people of faith to refrain from gathering.
The United Methodist Church announced last week that it plans to keep churches closed through May, citing “the best interest of our churches and faith communities.” Katie Strangis, spokesperson for the UMC