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Metro issues recommendations for religious gatherings

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Posted at 2:45 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 18:34:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor John Cooper announced the reopening of the city's economy Thursday, which will begin with retail and some commercial businesses at a limited capacity on Monday.

Cooper's administration also said the city will not issue official mandates on when and if churches can reopen. Rather, the state's guidelines will apply to Nashville religious gatherings.

While the city is following the state's lead on reopening, the city issued the following recommendations for churces to follow:

  • 1 person per 200 square feet
  • Eliminate shared contact items like hymnals, collection plates and communion items.
  • Everyone should wear masks
  • Have someone hold open doors so there’s limited contact to door handles
  • Households can sit together, but everyone else should be spaced apart
  • Screen employees and volunteers for symptoms
  • Congregations with a majority of elderly members should consider remaining online