Guidance provided for Amish churches, weddings, funerals

Guidance provided for Amish churches, weddings, funerals
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Guidance for the Amish population regarding exempted religious activities has been created in coordination with the Old Order Amish steering committee and several county health departments.

                        

The following is guidance for the Amish population regarding exempted religious activities, as well as COVID-19 prevention and education. This was created in coordination with the Old Order Amish steering committee and several county health departments.

Church

Divide congregations into smaller groups and provide additional times for meeting and worship with smaller attendance at each. Consider meeting every other week if you’re not already. Make sure households (those who live in the same house or a connecting house) are able to spread 6 feet apart. If there is not room in your regular meeting place, consider using a larger building or going outside.

Buildings or houses should be well ventilated; open windows and doors. Members who are sick (even with mild symptoms) should stay home.

Members who are high-risk for severe illness should stay home: people 65 and older and people with chronic health conditions such as lung disease or asthma, heart conditions, the immunocompromised, severe obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, and liver disease.

Do not shake hands, hug or kiss anyone who is not in your household. Do not share religious items such as song books.

Communion

Do not share a communion cup.

Wash hands or wear gloves when serving communion. Discourage foot washing. Ask all members to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer before and after services, before taking communion, and after using the restroom. Clean and disinfect meeting places before and after services. Bring your own water bottle.

Do not visit other church districts at this time. Do not have meals before, during or after church with anyone who is not in your household.

Weddings

Any wedding ceremony should follow social distancing guidelines. Receptions (meals) with more than 10 people are prohibited. If you are planning a May wedding, consider postponing until further notice.

Funerals

Any burial or funeral ceremony should follow social distancing guidelines. Meals before, during or after funerals are highly discouraged.

Local health department

The Holmes County General Health District can be called at 330-674-5035.


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