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Inslee announces religious and faith-based services guidance

Limited outdoor services may begin immediately


OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee announced on May 27 the state’s plan for restarting religious and faith-based services for Phases 1 and 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan. 

Currently, religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 1 counties may host up to 100 people for outdoor services. In Phase 2, they can host up to 25% of their capacity or 50 individuals, whichever is less, as well as conduct in-home services of five people.

“As I have said before, this crisis may affect our ability to physically connect but it should not affect our power to strengthen our emotional connections,” Inslee said during a press conference Wednesday. “I have been heartened to see the ways religious groups found to not only continue to connect, but to give back and to support their communities in this time of suffering and uncertainty.” 

Pastor Matt Wyatt of Waitsburg’s First Christian Church said he is planning on holding outdoor services this month but does not have the details yet, as he is set to take a vacation this week. Neither St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Waitsburg, or Waitsburg Presbyterian were available for comment at publication time.

The religious services covered include all worship services, religious study classes, religious ceremonies, religious holiday celebrations, weddings and funerals.

The Governor’s guidance is available here:


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