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St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imperial didn’t pose this photo, but the practice may become more common in the coming weeks

Churches take steps to prevent virus spread

With the continued spread of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in Nebraska, many communities are shutting down places where people gather in numbers over 10, as recommended by the CDC and state health departments.

Chase County is no different.

Local churches are common gathering places for all ages and health levels, therefore, pastors and their church boards are taking serious steps to blunt the possible spread of COVID-19.

 Some churches in Imperial will not be changing their normal routine because attendance numbers are low enough to maintain gatherings as usual.

Other churches are choosing to err on the side of caution, complying with the strictest recommendations by the CDC and state health departments, and shut down all activities.

Pastor Matt Maxwell at the Imperial Berean Church has temporarily cancelled Awana, all youth groups and any other groups larger than 10 people.

“No decision has been made on this Sunday’s service yet. We will be meeting to make that decision soon,” he said.

Most local churches follow the lead of Chase County Schools (CCS). If the school is closed, there’s no youth activities at the churches.

“We are just praying this all passes sooner than later,” he said.


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