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The debate over churches reopening continues in Nevada

Posted at 9:07 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 00:27:45-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — President Trump has called on governors to allow in-person worship services to resume across the country; here in Nevada Gov. Sisolak has not yet reopened churches.

Many churches in the Las Vegas valley have turned to online services since they were ordered to close their doors. Some offer live services while others are prerecorded.

After the president's remarks, some churches have moved up their reopening plans.

“This weekend a lot of churches opened because they thought the president's determination overrode the governor. And then other churches are looking to open next week, because next Sunday is a particular day for a lot of Christian churches, Pentecost Sunday”, said Jason Guinasso, assistant pastor of Ministerio Palabra de Vida.

In order to possibly open next weekend Guinasso has been helping other pastors from around the state create reopening plans that includes safety guidelines.

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“We’re going to do a video of our safety plan so people can log on our website or our Facebook page and see what they can expect when they come into a church. From the time they drive into the parking lot, the time they come into the sanctuary, to the time they leave”, said Guinasso.

Some churches already have videos of their safety protocols online, like Liberty Baptist Church.

In a video posted on their website, Executive Pastor Matthew Teis, explains some upcoming changes for May 31, the first day their in-person services restart.

“As you look around, we’ve already started to make preparation for that special service. It will be a little bit different; it will be a social distanced service. There will be no handshaking and things that we normally would do when we get together, but we’re going to have a good time as well. The service will be a little bit shorter, only one hour to be able to clean and prepare for all of the 4 services that day,' said Teis.

Due to capacity issues and some not feeling comfortable returning to gatherings, when churches reopen, some may continue to offer online services for parishioners to view.

For now, places of worship are preparing for the day they can open and invite the faithful to return.