COVID Guidance for Congregations

From the Wisconsin Council of Churches:

“Three years ago today, Wisconsin schools closed as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and the state entered a new reality. Today, the Wisconsin Council of Churches releases Returning to Church 5.0: With Patient Endurance (also available in Spanish).

In the new guidelines, we offer updated and simplified suggestions for keeping communities safer from COVID and other respiratory illnesses. Life in Wisconsin has changed permanently, and COVID is here to stay. At the same time, the official public health emergency is coming to an end, and many institutions, both sacred and secular, are dropping COVID mitigations. We want to give people of faith a way to adjust to the new state of affairs without completely abandoning precautions or the responsibility to protect the people who are the most vulnerable.

Returning to Church 5.0 offers three levels of caution, based on public health guidelines and epidemiological science. As with previous Returning to Church documents, these levels are calculated from COVID data supplied by the federal Centers for Disease Control: average daily new cases per 100,000 population, new cases per infection, and positive test rates.”