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
- Establish ongoing communication with your health department to facilitate access to relevant information.
- Resources will be made available on this webpage and the COVID-19 Resources page.
- Connect to community-wide planning.
- Find out if your local government has an emergency planning group.
- 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.
- Consider the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, or other individuals with access and functional needs. Helpful resources can be found here.
- Provide supplies for staff, volunteers, and those you serve such as soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, and trash baskets.
- Plan for staff absences and implement flexible attendance and sick-leave policies if possible. See our Guidance for Employers page for more information.
- Designate a space for people who may be sick. Develop a cleaning plan for these rooms daily.
- Stay informed about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials.
- Distribute health messages and materials to staff, volunteers, and the community.
CDC has a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19 for community and faith-based organizations. To learn more about CDC recommendations, click here.