Friday, April 24, 2020

Denominations representing Augusta churches opt to keep doors closed

From Georgia-

In response to Gov. Brian Kemp’s order Monday that would permit churches to meet in-person beginning Sunday, several denominations representing some churches in the Augusta area have issued statements stating they would not hold services in their buildings.

The Rev. Scott Benhase, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, announced today the 70 parishes that comprise the diocese in southern Georgia would not meet “for the foreseeable future.”

“Infectious disease experts agree that before we can resume in-person worship responsibly, the number of new COVID-19 cases must be in decline and rapid diagnostic testing must be readily available in a particular area,” he said. “We have not yet seen that decline and Georgia ranks in the bottom fifth of all states in readily available diagnostic testing. It would be irresponsible of me to allow for the reopening of our churches for in-person worship given that reality.”

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