Churches Preparing for Phase Four of Maine Reopening

Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 7:12 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Maine is now in phase 4 of the reopening plan, as we told you last night. News Source 8′s Cam Smith has more on how this will impact places of worship.

As the state of Maine adjusts to phase 4 of the reopening plan, many local churches are planning for an uptick in capacity for services.

“We’re excited to kind of move the numbers up a little bit, the size of our congregation is a bit awkward with the 50. We’ve been running four services and now we are going to cut that back to three. So we’ll have capacity for 100 people in our sanctuary and then we have what we call framework ground floor which is down in our youth room. A really cozy set up down there that will hold 50 people.”

Under stage 4, religious gatherings are permitted to operate at 50% capacity with the max set at 100 people. Bud Fancy, Lead Pastor at the Framework Church in Presque Isle, says this increase will benefit those seeking in person worship.

“We’re looking forward to having the opportunity to minister to more families. With the 50, many people were checking in and it was already full. So, we hope to accommodate more.”

Fancy says the church will continue to follow CDC guidelines and cleaning routines both during and after services.

“We ask people to either call in or register online before they come, and we check them in when they come… it’s a really simple process. We ask everybody to wear a mask until they get to their seat. By the state rules they can take their mask off… they can sing, worship and we ask them to mask when they leave the building. If you have your mask on of course you can talk to people. When you get outside and take your mask off maintain your distance.”

Maine CDC says these changes will allow more people to gather, but in doing so it’s still very important people wear masks and practice social distancing. Cam Smith News Source 8.

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