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Colorado releases proposed guidance for houses of worship to resume in-person attendance

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:30:49-04

DENVER — State officials on Tuesday released proposed guidance for houses of worship to resume in-person attendance in the safer-at-home phase.

The guidance — which officials are asking for feedback on, before the guidance is finalized Thursday — calls for maximum indoor capacities of 50% at houses of worship, or up to 50 people, whichever is fewer, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Secondary rooms in churches can host up to 10 people per room, according to the proposed guidance.

In outdoor settings, groups from different households would have to be spaced at least six feet apart.

Several social distancing guidelines for churches were in the guidance, including the need for at least six feet between households in the seating arrangements. Churches should also have social distancing plans for the use of restrooms, allowing either one person at a time or closing stalls to provide distancing.

The guidance calls for everyone in the house of worship to wear a mask, not including children under the age of two or people with breathing problems.

Read the full proposed guidance for houses of worship here. Coloradans can submit feedback on the guidance here.

The state on Tuesday also released proposed guidance for outdoor industry recreation, such as guides, tours and outfitters, and personal recreation, such as youth and adult sports leagues.

Recreation of any kind can happen in groups of up to 10, under the guidance, but specific guidelines address facility use, capacities, and other best practices for social distancing

Residents can submit feedback on the outdoor recreation guidance here and the personal recreation guidance here.