July 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Church Re-Opening
A Video Message from Dr. Emil Dean Peeler
When Can We Go Back to Church?
Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns,
Capitol Hill has no specific or projected date for when we will return to
church. But the good news is planning for the return is already underway. A diverse
team of Capitol Hill members, led by the pastors, began meeting in May to
develop a comprehensive re-opening plan with safety of members and guests as
the #1 priority. Before Capitol Hill can begin public services of any size, the
following will need to occur:Both Conferences will need to allow a church to reopen. The General Conference and the Allegheny East Conference will need to allow churches to reopen.
The District of Columbia will need to allow larger gatherings for faith-based institutions. Currently, the city is in Phase 2 of reopening, which only allows for 100 people in faith-based institutions or 50% of capacity, whichever is smaller. Once Phase 3 starts, the limit will move to 250, which is still smaller than most CHC Sabbath worship sizes pre-COVID. There is no timetable for Phase 3 or 4 due to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases.
Building preparations will need to be made. There are multiple requirements including environmental cleaning, spacing and other considerations in accordance with CDC and District of Columbia guidelines that will be in place before the church opens to the public. We will keep
you abreast about re-opening news from the General Conference, Allegheny East
Conference, the District of Columbia and the planning and preparedness team. We are not certain
about dates, but we are certain that things will be different when Capitol Hill
reopens. Please add the planning for Capitol Hill’s re-opening in prayer as we
re-imagine a new way forward.
God is on our side!
Dr. Emil Dean Peeler
LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCESDistrict of ColumbiaDC Phase 2 Guidance for Places of WorshipDC Free TestingRe-open DC Advisory Group RecommendationsPrince George's County, MDRe-opening planPrince George's County Free TestingResources Page