Effective May 1, 2020 spiritual/religious gatherings are allowed in the State of Iowa so long as measures are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Know what organizations can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Apply social distancing guidelines (stay six feet apart from those not in your household, discourage handshaking or other physical contact)
  • Reduce group activities
  • Consider smaller in-person services or conducting services outdoors
  • Follow sanitation and hygiene measures (establish a one-way traffic pattern, prop doors to minimize touching, avoid passing items through multiple congregants)
  • Whenever possible, conduct activities from home or through remote audio/video services
  • Continue providing support to individuals while limiting group settings and exposures (meals, checking in, outreach, assistance)
  • Encourage staff and members to stay home if sick
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Encourage hand hygiene and have supplies readily available

Links for more information:

April 2020 Guidance for Religious Facilities and Places of Worship

Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders