Drive-in churches for pandemic congregations?

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
Drive-in church services might be an alternative for local congregations to worship during the pandemic as the warmer summer weather approaches

“I’ve spoken to local church leaders about this,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). “There wouldn’t be any communion, of course.”

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Des services religieux au volant?

The EOHU has begun looking into the feasibility of local churches holding “drive-in services” following a provincial government decision to amend the current pandemic policy against large gatherings of people to allow for “drive-in churches,” where feasible.

A drive-in service requires a large parking area and all participants must stay inside their vehicles during the service. When the service is over, they then drive away. At no point before, during, or after the service does anyone get out of a vehicle to mingle with others.

The EOHU is waiting for feedback from local church leaders on the idea before developing police guidelines for drive-in services.