At this time, we cannot open churches for prayer or adoration and be in compliance with the mandate to shelter in place. We are looking into ways to comply with the shelter-in-place order that would allow us to reopen our churches on a limited basis, including guidelines on who would have the task of enforcing regulations and sanitizing facilities, but any activity that would encourage people to leave their homes between now and Monday, April 13 (the duration of Governor Kemp’s order), would be unwise.
If your parish is offering Mass or devotions via social media or some kind of streaming service, you can continue to do so, provided you use only the minimum number of people needed to accomplish it and you maintain social distancing. Look for a memo from the Office of Communications asking about what online services you are offering so we can help promote opportunities for the faithful to stay connected.
The governor’s order does allow for minimal business operations so essential staff who keep the parish operating can continue to work in your offices if the following conditions are met. First, you must provide a safe environment including a sanitized workspace where they can remain six feet apart. Second, only ten or fewer people may be in the building at any one time. If possible, staff should be working from their homes.