IDPH Guidance for Places of Worship

May 29, 2020

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) on Thursday issued guidance for places of worship and providers of religious services.  IDPH says the guidance does not obligate or encourage places of worship to resume in-person activity but strongly recommends that places of worship continue to facilitate remote services, particularly for those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 including older adults and those with co-morbidities.

IDPH notes that even with adherence to physical distancing, multiple different households convening in a congregational setting to worship carries a higher risk for widespread transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations. In particular, the high risk associated with activities such as singing and group recitation can negate the risk-reducing behaviors such as six feet of physical distancing.