When Can We Go Back to Church?

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



District of Columbia
DC Phase 2 Guidance for Places of Worship
DC Free Testing
Re-open DC Advisory Group Recommendations

Prince George's County, MD
Re-opening plan
Prince George's County Free Testing
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