Coronavirus Considerations For Reopening Houses of Worship

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Course Time: 75 Minutes

This course will examine the operational and legal considerations that Houses of Worship should take into account before reopening. Policies and procedures will be examined. This course will include a review of the COVID-19 coronavirus, worship service alterations including, collections, choirs, and communion, communicating with the congregation, and safety precautions for a safe worship service. The course will also examine sources of potential legal liability.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  • Describe how the coronavirus is transmitted.
  • Identify at least two practices that you can implement today to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
  • Describe ways that you can modify your worship service to reduce the likelihood of coronavirus transmission.
  • Identify at least two changes you should make before reopening your House of Worship.
  • Discuss ways to maintain social distancing during a worship service.
  • Describe the importance of communication with the congregation.
  • Identify at least two legal issues that need consideration before reopening.

Your Instructor

Andrew Roszak
Andrew Roszak
Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, serves as the executive director for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, as Chief of Preparedness, Health and Environment for the Region II Head Start Association and as an adjunct professor in the school of community and environmental health at Old Dominion University. For the past six years, he has been working full time on emergency preparedness, response and recovery issues impacting the early childhood sector – child care and family child care programs, afterschool care, Head Start and Early Head Start. Roszak was formerly the Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness at Child Care Aware of America, Senior Public Health Advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Emergency Care Coordination Center and Senior Director of Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where he worked each day to help prepare communities and the healthcare sector for pandemics and disasters. Roszak began his emergency preparedness career as a firefighter, paramedic and is certified as a hazardous materials technician and in hazardous materials operations. Roszak also served as Health Policy Fellow for the United States Senate Budget and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees during the 110th and 111th Congress. Roszak is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the District of Columbia and before the US Supreme Court.

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