For Immediate Release:
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Governor Issues Guidance for Places of Worship
INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner
Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today issued guidance for places of worship in
an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“During this time of uncertainty, faith is more important than ever,
and I am deeply grateful to our religious leaders for their efforts to
find safe and creative ways to serve their communities,” Gov. Holcomb
said. “The purpose of this guidance is not to restrict religious
liberty, but to save lives during these extraordinary times. I look forward
to the day where we can once again worship side-by-side without the threat
of spreading coronavirus.”
Gov. Holcomb’s executive order 20-18 states all public and private
gatherings, including religious and spiritual, should follow CDC guidance,
which restricts gatherings to ten or less people. Click here to see executive orders:
To continue safely serving their communities, faith institutions are directed
- Church buildings and other physical locations for worship should be closed.
Livestream or other virtual services are best.
- The minimum number of necessary personnel should be used at all times for
- Staff and volunteers who are not speaking should wear masks.
Drive-in services may be conducted only under these conditions:
- Attendees must be inside vehicles at all times.
- Attendees should not interact physically with clergy, staff or participants
in other vehicles.
- Vehicles should contain only members of a single household. Do not bring
your neighbors or others outside of your household.
- Cars must be spaced the equivalent of every other parking spot or approximately
9 feet apart.
- No one may exit a vehicle at any time.
- Portable bathrooms are not allowed on the premises and no church facilities
may be used by attendees.
It is preferred that no communion be distributed.
- In instances when communion is distributed, only prepackaged communion
may be used and must be prepared and distributed in a manner that meets
food safety standards.
The following individuals who are vulnerable and at higher risk for illness
should not attend:
- Persons who are 65 years and older.
- Those who have severe underlying medical conditions, like heart or lung
disease or diabetes.
- Individuals who are sick.
The CDC has provided the following guidance for the faith community:
Click here to download public service announcements (PSAs) recorded by
the state for your use:
More information may be found at the ISDH website at
coronavirus.in.gov and the CDC website at