Tucson churches, religious centers weigh benefits, risks of reopening during pandemic

Tucson churches, religious centers weigh benefits, risks of reopening during pandemic

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Tucson.com | May 9, 2020

The Bridge Christian Church on Tanque Verde Road near Catalina Highway reopened last Sunday. “It’s important to be here because, well, we’re family,” one attendee said. “We’re spiritually related because we’re Christians.”

As some businesses across the state reopened Friday and others prepare to do so Monday, religious centers and churches here continue to weigh the benefits and risks of welcoming back their followers.

Religious gatherings have been listed as a constitutionally protected essential activity in Governor Doug Ducey’s executive orders regarding activity restriction during the coronavirus pandemic, but most religious organizations here agreed to temporarily close to avoid large gatherings that could help spread the disease.

However, one church in Tucson held services last weekend and more are doing so today.

At least 50 people attended communion at The Bridge Christian Church’s east campus, on Tanque Verde Road near Catalina Highway, after an 11 a.m. service last Sunday.

After communion, people refrained from shaking hands or hugging but some stood close to each other as they talked outside the church.

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