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Churches open doors for first time in weeks

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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Leader photos by CALEB DANIEL

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With Gov. John Bel Edwards’ stay-at-home order lifted, many churches were able to hold in-person services for the first time in almost two months. Louisiana’s Phase One of reopening requires churches cap attendance at 25% of total building capacity.

Pictured at top, attendees at services at The Bridge Community Church in Ruston were required to wear masks or face coverings. Bandanas were provided to anyone who didn’t bring a mask. Pictured at bottom, The Bridge had no problem staying under its attendance limit, as only approximately 50 people, including the staff, showed up for worship at each of the church’s three services over the weekend. Attendees were seated by ushers and spaced out to encourage social distancing.