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Utah churches can resume services, if social distancing is followed

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Director General Jefferson Burton announced Wednesday during the state's coronavirus press briefing that churches across the state can reopen, if social distancing is maintained. (Photo: KUTV)

Director-General Jefferson Burton announced Wednesday during the state's coronavirus press briefing that churches across the state can reopen if social distancing is maintained.

Family groups must stay at least six feet away from each other, Burton said. People can meet in groups of more than 20, as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed the 16.5 million global members in a YouTube video regarding resuming religious practice and worship in meetinghouses and temples worldwide.

Nelson assured step-by-step measures will be communicated to make sure it is safe to gather and revisit Church-sponsored activities.

Burton said that some churches may need to hold multiple services to meet health guidelines. More guidelines will be released soon, he added.

Churches across the state, and the nation, closed in mid-March when gatherings of more than 10 people were highly discouraged to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This announcement comes after Utah moved into its moderate risk phase of the state's coronavirus recovery plan.

The state moved into its moderate risk phase on Friday, meaning restaurants and other businesses could reopen if social distancing, and other rules, are followed. Community members are asked to stay at least six-feet apart from people who are not in their immediate household and wear masks in public, as much as possible.


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