Though Not Advised By Mayor Betsy Price, In-Person Worship Now Allowed In Fort Worth – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth houses of worship may again host face-to-face services, although not recommended.
As of midnight, the city’s emergency coronavirus declaration complies with Governor Greg Abbott’s statewide edict.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price issued the new order this week.
“While the city’s ruling has been updated to match the governor’s most recent ruling, it’s important to keep in mind that Fort Worth is still seeing significant community spread of the virus,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “For this reason, we continue to encourage places of worship to hold services remotely whenever possible. I am proud of Fort Worth’s vibrant denomination and I am confident that our faith leaders will do what is right for their respective communities. “
On April 17th, by order of the executive, the governor defined essential services, including “services in churches, parishes and places of worship”.
While local governments may not order the closure of places of worship, religious services, regardless of religion, should be conducted in churches, parishes or other places of worship according to the revised guidelines for places of worship during the COVID-19 crisis.
These measures include:
· Instruct sick staff, volunteers, and guests to stay home.
· Practice social distancing by keeping a reasonable distance between people.
· Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, covering a cough with your elbow, and not touching your face.
· Implementation of environmental and disinfection practices; and
· Clean and disinfect work areas frequently.
If places of worship cannot meet remotely, it is highly recommended that the practices outlined in the revised Guidelines for Places of God during the COVID-19 Crisis be implemented.
The document contains suggestions on seating for family units, the use of gloves and masks, and potential senior services.
Based on the extent to which the virus is spreading in the community, as determined by the Tarrant County Health Department, the city strongly recommends that all religious services continue to be performed remotely, including outdoor drive-on services with people remaining in their vehicles .
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