Given this week’s announcement that Utah churches, mosques and synagogues can begin to meet again, several have begun to do just that — albeit following strict rules about mask wearing, sanitation and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday morning, the majestic Cathedral of the Madeleine in downtown Salt Lake City celebrated Mass, heeding guidelines spelled out by the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, which oversees Utah’s more than 300,000 Catholics.
Hours later, Muslim worshippers gathered for prayers in Sandy at the Utah Islamic Center, marking spaces where believers could kneel down to pray, keeping 6 feet apart on alternate rows.
At least one evangelical pastor, the Rev. Craig McCune of New Creation Church in Sandy, is planning an in-person service on Sunday, with similar restrictions.
Other religious groups, notably the state’s predominant faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are waiting longer before reconvening.