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Places of worship to open up at 25% occupancy

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ST. PAUL, MN-- On Saturday Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced a partnership with Minnesota faith leaders that will allow places of worship to open up at 25% occupancy starting May 27.

The new executive order will allow places of worship, funeral homes, and other venues that offer gathering space for weddings, funerals, and planned services such as worship, rituals, prayer meetings, scripture studies, may host services with over 10 people, provided that they adhere to the following guidelines.

-In all settings, ensure a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between households.

-In indoor settings, occupancy must not exceed 25 percent of the normal occupant capacity as determined by the fire marshal, with a maximum of 250 people in a single self-contained space.

-In outdoor settings, gatherings must not exceed 250 individuals.

-Develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in accordance with guidance developed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The order was signed on Saturday and amends previous orders on safe worship, weddings, and funerals.

John Cardinale

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