The second wave of the COVID-19 is already here to possibly hit every part of the world. For every religious organization, the pandemic has caused them to rethink how to hold worship practices. Remember, such practices involve people gathering in a confined place and may come into physical contact with each other. With the outbreak of the COVID-19, social distancing matters the most to avoid the rapid spread of the virus from one person to another. With the cold weather knocking at the door, you can already witness an uprising wave of COVID-19 presenting new challenges for churches worldwide.
Religious worship has, of course, significance to individuals and communities. Therefore, it is necessary to bear vital considerations while preparing a church in the winter amid COVID-19.
Minimize community sharing of worship materials
The sharing of materials among the people must be stopped at once. Worship materials are no exception. For that purpose, a church should limit the frequent sharing of touch objects among the worshippers. Worship materials may include prayer rugs, prayer books, worship aids, and religious texts. Encourage the people to bring their own worship items to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, a church can modify the methods to receive financial contributions. Electronic methods or collection boxes can work better during the pandemic.
Intensify cleaning and disinfection
Proper cleaning and disinfecting of the touched surfaces are necessary. A church may need to increase the routine cleaning to ensure a clean and COVID-19 free space. Moreover, it is better to avoid using those items that cannot be easily cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized. When using cleaning products, make sure there is adequate ventilation that can circulate the outdoor air.
Promote healthy practices
As winter arrives, it has become necessary for faith communities to promote healthy practices. It all starts with maintaining good hand hygiene and washing hand with soap for at least 20 seconds. Provide enough supplies to the people to clean their hands. Make sure that the supplies are easily accessible as well. Moreover, hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be placed in a church. Masks are hugely beneficial for people when social distancing is not possible. Therefore, encourage people to wear masks before they step into the church.
These simple considerations can help the church prepare against the COVID-19 as winter is ready to strike.