COVID-19 Response

Safe Church Reopening Guidance

The churches of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church have done an outstanding job leading the way in safely addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic seems to be waning, we still need to use an abundance of caution in order to keep ourselves and others safe.

These guidelines include the latest information from the CDC, the Arkansas Department of Health and Bishop Mueller. They will be regularly updated as new information becomes available or the situation warrants.

The key to ending the pandemic as quickly as possible involves two critical areas. First, people need to get vaccinated, unless they cannot for health reasons. Second, people need to wear masks, socially distance, and clean their hands and the facilities that they use.

  • Masks
    • Even if people have been vaccinated, people still need to wear masks to all indoor and outdoor in-person events that churches hold. While many people are ready to get rid of masks, wearing one remains an essential cornerstone of fighting the pandemic and saving lives. Even if the mask mandate is lifted by Governor Hutchinson, Bishop Mueller adamantly believes that masks need to continue to be worn until herd immunity has been achieved.
  • Distancing
    • People need to continue to socially distance at all times for both indoor and outdoor in-person events by continuing to use a 36 square foot bubble, which remains the norm for individuals and families for all church-sponsored activities.
  • Cleaning
    • Sanitation for individuals and facilitates remains a high priority. This involves utilizing hand sanitizers, adequate ventilation and cleaning supplies.

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