Georgia department of health puts brakes on drive-in church services

The Georgia Department of Public Health is warning local churches that plans for drive-in church services do not meet the requirements for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The directive came from the department of health’s South Central Health District in response to a number of churches in the area planning drive-in church services.

“While we understand the desire of local churches to gather in worship, we encourage our churches to please strictly abide by local guidelines that limit social gatherings,” said District Health Director Dr. Thomas E. Craft. “Many of the large outbreaks ocurring accross our nation and state are directly linked to places of worship and similar gatherings.”

In Dougherty County, one of the counties hardest hit by coronavirus, the virus spread through two highly attended funerals. In Bartow, which has also seen sharp increases in infection, the virus spread through a church.

Social distancing requirements set forth by most local governments ban all gatherings of 10 or more people and require people to maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other when they do have to be together.