Churches To Phase-In Reopening From June 6 Under Guidelines and Regulations


On Thursday 7th May, Hon. Min. Samantha Marshall met with the Commission and Church Leaders Elect, to discuss guidelines and regulations that will govern how churches would re-introduce persons into worshipping in the sanctuaries again.

Min. Marshall thanked the Church for its prayers, support and the message of hope it has given to the government and the nation in travelling through this Pandemic. Resulting from the discussions it was decided to do a comprehensive assessment of the church buildings and forms of worship and how they would implement social distancing on the backdrop of the health guidelines, to determine how we would establish regulations to govern the Church.

Churches are not open for mass gathering and are encouraged to continue utilizing the media and virtual platforms to engage members and parishioners until gathering is permitted.

In the phase approach, Churches would start open services on the Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of June 2020 allowing for the preparation and submission of the guidelines and regulations to the Ministry of Health for approval. Anyone found breaking the rules could be punished with imprisonment or a fine.

The schedule of multiple services, wearing of mask and ensuring hand sanitizer and/or hand washing station are easily available near every entrance were some of the items that would be in the regulations.

Min. William Dorsett, chairman said that The Commission is assisting the government to help clergy, members and parishioners return to their churches safely and that regulations are intended to be helpful and not to put an additional burden on clergy whilst at the same protect both themselves and others health.

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  1. Do you think the “way side” churches will pay attention to this? The so-called “main line” churches are now the minority. The “way side” churches are the majority in Antigua now. I hope the Ministry is working with them also. They are not part of the Council of Churches, but they have the majority of the people.

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