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Tallahassee churches adopt new rules to protect churchgoers from COVID-19

Posted at 6:28 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 18:28:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl.a (WTXL) — The coronavirus is also affecting local churches, and they're adopting new rules to make sure churchgoers stay safe.

Reverend Dr. RB Holmes Jr., pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and Reverend Dr. Julius H. McAllister, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, called a press conference on Friday to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on places of worship.

They're urging for CDC protocols to be practiced across all churches, while also encouraging members to not shake hands or hug.

"We've never been impacted this way globally," said Holmes. "This is no small matter, but at the same time, we don't panic. We pray. We prepare. We exercise the protocol by the CDC. "

They are also implementing a plan with Elder Care Services called Campaign Love, in which they will take care of the elderly by adding to their protection, safety, and basic needs.