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A Word About These Guidelines

Bishop Holston affirms these Best Practices for in-person worship and other gatherings, compiled by a team of South Carolina United Methodist pastors and laity.

This resource has been updated to reflect the latest guidance from public health officials, placing a greater emphasis on what we now know to be the primary mode of transmission – airborne particulates – as opposed to surface contact.

Churches and congregations are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant in keeping themselves and each other safe and healthy until a vaccine is widely available.

Social Distancing

Individuals or households stay 6 feet apart.

Masks & Glasses

Masks should cover mouth and nose.
Consider eye coverings.

Small Numbers

Safer than large numbers of people.

No Singing

Of any kind – choir, soloist, congregation.

No Shared Meals

Distribute box meals for take-home.

Communion

Use single-serve elements.
Maintain 6-foot social distancing at all times.

Vaccines

Strongly encouraged, when available.

Spacing

No more than one person per 36 square feet.

Air

Outside is safer than inside.
If indoors, use best filtering possible.

Short Gatherings

Safer than long gatherings.

Hand Sanitizer

Provided at all gatherings.

Hand Washing

Continually encouraged.

Restrooms

Use only for emergencies.
Confined space + poor ventilation = unsafe.

Flu Shots

Strongly encouraged.

Social Distancing

Individuals or households
stay 6 feet apart.

Spacing

No more than one person
per 36 square feet.

Masks & Glasses

Masks should cover mouth and nose.
Consider eye coverings.

Air

Outside is safer than inside.
If indoors, use best filtering possible.

Small Numbers

Safer than large numbers of people.

Short Gatherings

Safer than long gatherings.

No Singing

Of any kind –
choir, soloist, congregation.

Hand Sanitizer

Provided at all gatherings.

Hand Washing

Continually encouraged.

Communion

Use single-serve elements.
Maintain 6-foot social
distancing at all times.

No Shared Meals

Distribute box meals for take-home.

Restrooms

Use only for emergencies.
Confined space + poor ventilation
= unsafe.

Vaccines

Strongly encouraged, when available.

Flu Shots

Strongly encouraged.

DHEC: County-Level
COVID-19 Data

DHEC: COVID-19
Vaccine Appointments

CDC Guidelines
for Churches

What if someone tests
positive for COVID-19?