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Tallahassee church sets new safety guidelines for COVID-19

Posted at 6:42 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:42:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Churches across the country are starting to take precautions as the coronavirus spreads.

A church in Washington, D.C. has canceled Sunday service, as most of its congregation is asked to self-quarantine.

St. John's Episcopal in Tallahassee is setting some safety guidelines to keep its parishioners safe. St. John's sent an alert out to every member with a list of changes to their service due to the virus.

They ask that everyone avoid dipping their water in the chalice during Eucharist. During the peace exchange, they also also ask for verbal signs of peace, or do it in a way that doesn't involve touching.

They also have hand sanitizer available for people to use throughout the service.

"St Johns is a house of prayer for all of God's people," said Dave Killeen, St. John's episcopal rector. "So what we are reassuring people is that this will continue be a place of prayer, a place where people can be supported, We're particularly concerned right now for our city, that there may be people whose jobs are affected by the economic ramifications of coronavirus."

The church is currently looking at ways to help out people who may be negatively impacted by the virus.

Anyone that is feeling sick is encouraged to stay at home.