Indy's black churches delay in-person services amid pandemic

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Posted at 10:26 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 23:34:39-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Despite Indianapolis and Marion County's continued stay-at-home order, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced last week that churches in all 92 counties can resume in-person services on Friday.

RTV6 has learened that Indy's black churches are opting to hold off for now.

The Rev. Charles Harrison said a large number of pastors spoke tonight and agreed that this weekend is not the right time to open church doors.

"In light of the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on the black community, the vast majority of pastors felt like it was in the best interest of our community not for black churches to open up until the first part of June through August," Harrison said.

Harrison said when churches reopen for in-person worship they will still limit the number of people inside buildings. They will also likely hold shorter but more frequent daily services. Worshippers will also be asked to wear face masks.