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Updated May 26, 2021

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New Guidelines Allow Reopening at Local Discretion

Presentation of the new guidelines from the Reentering, Reopening, & Reimagining Task Force from May 27, 2021, as presented in the Town Hall Meeting

The COVID-19 Reentering, Reopening, Reimagining (RRR) Task Force called by Bishop Stokes has developed guidelines and advice as our church buildings move through the phases of re-opening. The Task Force issued its initial report on June 5, 2020. That report has now been replaced by a new one dated May 28, 2021 and released for review on May 26. 

The new report allows all congregations to reopen at their own discretion, with no need to submit a reopening plan for approval.

Download the Guidelines

View the Guidelines as a Web page

Watch the May 27 Town Hall Meeting

Download the Task Force Presentation Slides

Other Task Force Materials

The Rev. Canon Valerie Balling’s presentation of the Task Force’s report from the the June 4 Lay Leaders Town Hall Meeting

Reopening Training Video

Click the image to view the RRR Task Force video on YouTube

In this video, the Rev. Canon Valerie Balling and Dr. Phil Lewis, co-chairs of the Task Force, present training to help your congregations plan for reopening your church buildings. This is the training required in the RRR Questionnaire for parish leaders involved in reopening church buildings. It will be helpful to have a printout of the Task Force’s Summary of Recommendations open while you watch the video.



Video demonstration of the use of a BioBlast system from St. Bartholomew’s, Cherry Hill

BioBlast System

BioBlast is a special spray device and liquid disinfectant for sanitizing surfaces in your church. The Diocese has a bulk-purchase agreement with the company, which is headquartered in New Jersey. Email Canon Phyllis Jones for more information.

BioBlast Resources