For faith-based groups


  • Identify services that can be limited or temporarily discontinued during an outbreak.
  • Staff and visitors should stay home when they are sick.
  • Promote covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol.
  • Keep away from others who are sick (at least 6 feet).
  • Clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces at least daily.


  • Clean dirty surfaces with soap and water OR bottled ready-to-use cleaner first daily. Products that clean well include dish soap, Formula 409, OxiClean, and Windex
  • After cleaning, disinfect surfaces to kill the virus and allow to dry completely. For hard surfaces, use bottled disinfectants like Clorox Cleaner with Bleach, Lysol, or mix your own (1/3 c regular bleach to 1 gal water). For porous surfaces, use a disinfectant appropriate for material (see label). When doing laundry, wash according to label using warmest setting possible and allow to dry completely in a clothes dryer.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces at a frequency that is based on your facility’s plan to stay open or to temporarily discontinue services.

Planning and Looking Ahead:

  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Create a plan of action, especially for those visitors who are at a greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illness or are otherwise immune-compromised; should they exhibit symptoms.
  • Vulnerable populations may look to the faith-based community for help. Consider providing COVID-prevention supplies to staff, volunteers and visitors ahead of an outbreak.
  • Create a list of local organizations that the vulnerable population can contact in case of the need to access information, healthcare services, support and resources.
  • Create an emergency contact list for your core staff.
  • Choose a room in your facility that can be used to separate a sick visitor from the rest of the congregation should they develop symptoms while in your facility.

What to do if you have a confirmed case:

  • Advise anyone who is sick to stay home except to get medical care.
  • Wear a facemask when you are around a visitor who is symptomatic.
  • Clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces at least daily.

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