calendar March 2, 2021 in Communications, Public Health

Resuming Care-Filled Worship, March 2021

Bishop Davenport continues to call on congregations to make safety a priority in determining whether to gather online, outdoors, or indoors. Loving our neighbors calls us to take care not to increase risks to our neighborhoods, our worshippers, or our worship leaders. 
The latest guidance from the Ecumenical Consultation on Worship, Fellowship, and Sacramental Life offers metrics for considering returning to in-person outdoor or indoor worship. The guidance notes that limited outdoor or indoor worship gatherings with people outside one’s household may be safe if all three of the criteria in the appropriate column of the graphic below are met.

This guidance assumes that worshippers who gather

  • properly wear a mask, two masks if indoors
  • maintain at least 6-feet of distance from others outside of their household
  • have no COVID symptoms or known exposure to people with symptoms or a positive test result
  • refrain from congregational singing indoors

The bishop recommends that worship leaders and congregants gathering in-person adhere to the CDC’s advice to wear two masks.

Ecumenical Consultation documents:


Overall COVID-19 Risk, By County

The Consultation’s guidance recommends determining local risk with data from the COVID Act Now website,

COVID Act Now is an independent non-profit that works with Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center, and Harvard Global Health Institute, and aggregates data from federal, state and local sources.

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Current Recommendations for Philadelphia Metro Region