Healthy Communities

COVID-19 Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations

Faith-based organizations can help share important information and protect the health and safety of their members.

Strategies to Plan and Prepare for an Outbreak

  1. Establish ongoing communication with your health department to facilitate access to relevant information.
  2. Connect to community-wide planning.
    • Find out if your local government has an emergency planning group.
  3. Communicate about everyday preventive actions.
    • Promote handwashing, social distancing from those who are ill, staying home if you are sick, and covering your mouth when you cough.
    • Help counter stigma and discrimination within your community.
  4. Consider the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, or other individuals with access and functional needs. Helpful resources can be found here.
  5. Provide supplies for staff, volunteers, and those you serve such as soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, and trash baskets.
  6. Plan for staff absences and implement flexible attendance and sick-leave policies if possible. See our Guidance for Employers page for more information.
  7. Designate a space for people who may be sick. Develop a cleaning plan for these rooms daily.
  8. Stay informed about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials.
  9. Distribute health messages and materials to staff, volunteers, and the community.



CDC Guidance

CDC has a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19 for community and faith-based organizations. To learn more about CDC recommendations, click here.


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