Report and Recommendations from the Task Force for Re-entering, Re-opening, and Re-imagining for the Diocese of New Jersey 

Summary of Updates and Changes 

Aug. 7, 2020

  • Guidance on submitting plans for one-time events like rummage sales (page 10)
  • Clarification on before- or after-service greetings (page 18)
  • 14-day state quarantine requirements after returning from other states apply to church services (page 23)

July 24, 2020

  • Guidance for funerals and weddings (Appendix E, page 38-40)

July 16, 2020

  • Guidance for baptisms (page 21-22)
    NB, this addition changes page numbers after page 20 in the report. Items in this summary refer to new page numbers, not originals.

July 10, 2020

  • Clarified guidance on the relationship of cleaning and disinfecting (page 12, 15)
  • Additional guidance for equitable access to communion (page 8)
  • “Medical” HVAC filters are not needed (but change your normal filters regularly!) (page 16)

June 26, 2020 

  • New limits on gathering sizes, including a hard upper limit on outdoor gatherings (page 6, 17, 18) 
  • information on distancing requirements for worship leaders using face shields (page 7 and 17) 
  • Updated guidance on schools, camps, and VBS (page 22) 

June 19, 2020 

  • page 10, expanded guidance under “Use of Buildings by Outside Groups.”  

June 12, 2020 

  • page 4, to clarify that the diocese is NOT following Governor Murphy’s stages of re-opening 
  • page11 & 12, with clarification about contact tracing for both the congregation and outside groups 
  • page17 & 18, with clarification about distance for speakers in worship with and without masks 
  • page 24, keeping up with further recommendations from the Task Force as we move to the next diocesan stage