The First Steps

As one of the first of the states to partially re-open some businesses, South Carolina has set an interesting precedent for the new normal. I think it would be useful for church professionals to take note.

Under the order, retail stores may reopen today, Monday, April 20, at 5:00 p.m., but must adhere to strict social distancing requirements, operating at 20% occupancy or five (5) customers per 1,000 square feet, whichever is less. In addition, businesses must not knowingly allow customers to congregate within six feet of one another, excluding families, and follow relevant CDC and DHEC guidelines.

The directive very reasonably 1) takes account of the size of the building, and 2) considers families as units.

Churches in many states are currently considered one room, no matter what their size, and gatherings are limited to a handful of people, even in spacious buildings.