The director of the Georgia Department of Public Health for the local 10-county area has sent out a request to local municipalities urging restrictions on places of worship such as for weddings, funerals and church services – even drive-in services.
“We have recently learned that some churches are considering ‘drive-in’ services as a way of gathering their members together while thinking that they are still adhering to the social distancing guidelines set by our local government. While we understand the desire of local churches to gather in worship, we encourage our churches to strictly abide by local guidelines that limit social gatherings. Many of the large outbreaks occurring across our nation and state are directly linked to places of worship and similar gatherings. As part of the state of emergency declared locally, social gatherings of 10 or more people are not allowed. This would also include a ‘drive-in’ church scenario,” Thomas E. Croft, M.D., the district health director wrote in a note to local municipalities.
Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez shared this information. Martinez announced he will be issuing further restrictions Monday to be in full compliance with those urged by Gwinnett County to its 16 cities. Parts of Loganville city limits fall into Gwinnett County.
In closing Croft wrote, “Our only hope is that by practicing this and other social distancing measures set by our local government, we can safely return to our places of worship sooner rather than later.”