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Bay Area religious services slowly return under tight COVID-19 rules

Original post made on Jun 18, 2020

Churches, synagogues and mosques throughout Santa Clara County are taking small steps to return to normal this month, with limited in-person religious services returning for the first time since March.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 18, 2020, 1:13 PM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 18, 2020 at 1:21 pm

I'm reading so many horror stories about dozens of people catching COVID-19 in a single church service. I am glad that local religious groups are being very cautious about reopening. The virus you spread in church is going to spread to the larger community now that more businesses are open to the public.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2020 at 1:40 pm

I would strongly advise against group singing, or, group singing indoors. Maybe four people spaces apart, outdoors, like the the "Sweet Tea Quartet" as shown here:

Web Link

But, in the normal sense, group-singing/choir is very risky. Yes, it is very sad. But, the virus doesn't care. Stick to the protocol.

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Posted by Just Sayin'
a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2020 at 10:40 am

Why does a supposedly non-profit organization need to re-open at all? There are plenty of good works to be done outside of the congregational setting. CA CV-19 cases have not flattened at all. Nevada is a hot spot with numbers rising.

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:48 am

The Buddhist Temple picture for the article on the reopening of religious services is very misleading. It appears from the picture that the Buddhist Temple is reopening when in fact they are saying they will not be. It seems like the picture for the article should be consistent with the headline.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2020 at 12:20 pm

I think it is fair to say that churches (and probably other religious buildings) are not closed. A church is not a building it is a body of people and although they are not meeting in their buildings, they are meeting virtually online as normal, supporting their communities, teaching and worshipping together on Sunday mornings, praying together, bible studies continuing and even things such as food drives and helping the homeless or the needy are still taking places.

Drive past almost any church building around town and see the signs with the online website address for that particular church.

I think it is also fair to say that people are reaching out to find spiritual hope during these times and so attendance in the online streams are increasing.

God is not limited to a building, the church is not closed, it is at times like these that God can be seen to be working, if you look beyond the hype.

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