Church in Georgia closes two weeks after reopening as families contracted covid-19

Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle is an independent Baptist church in Georgia. Justin Gazaway in Ringgold is the head pastor. The church reopened in-person services on April 26.

A service inside the Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold, Ga.

However, two two weeks after reopening the church closes again due to several families contracted the virus.

According to the information of Joan Lewis, a representative of the church, they decided to suspend in-person worship services once more on May 11. 

“Our hearts are heavy as some of our families are dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 virus, and we ask for your prayers for each of them as they follow the prescribed protocol and recuperate at home,” the church said in a formal statement

“Though we feel very confident of the safe environment we are able to offer in our facilities, the decision was made … that we would discontinue all in-person services again until further notice in an effort of extreme caution for the safety and well-being of our families.” 

Although is it still unknown the number of families infected with the virus, the church noted that only about 25% of believers had participated in in-person worship services since they reopened.

“Based on the current data that was shared and the low volume of cases in our area at the time, and in an effort to offer our families both options of either attending in-person services or streaming online, we resumed services in the Tabernacle a couple of weeks ago. While approximately a fourth of our congregation chose to attend the in-person services, our other families chose to remain at home and continue enjoying our streaming services,” the church said.

Source: The Christian Post

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