Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Faith-Based COVID-19 Resources & Guidance

Faith-based organizations play an important role in communities across Arizona and we are grateful for the response, innovation and support the faith-based community continues to provide during this very difficult time. The partnerships being built and the work being done in communities statewide play a critical role in ensuring Arizona comes back stronger from this crisis. As we work towards reopening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, our number one priority remains protecting public health and saving lives. 

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May 28, 2020: Governor Doug Ducey announced public health updates for Arizonans, including new GUIDANCE for organized youth sports and activities to resume. The Governor also signed an Executive Order increasing collaboration among Arizona hospitals and ensuring patient transfers can take place smoothly and efficiently if needs arise. Additionally, the Governor signed an Executive Order protecting the health of kids in school-based child care while allowing for increased child care capacity. The order follows feedback provided at a meeting earlier in the week with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and school superintendents. The Governor also announced ongoing plans for kids and teachers to safely resume school in the classroom this fall, with more details to follow.

May 12, 2020: Governor Doug Ducey announced that the Stay At Home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. The new guidance aligns with gating criteria issued by the White House and Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 resurgence, protect vulnerable populations, and guide the reopening of businesses with enhanced physical distancing and safety measures in place.

While never formally closed, many places of worship opted to temporarily change or suspend services in order to follow physical distancing guidelines. As they resume operations, the Arizona Department of Health Services released GUIDANCE for enhanced physical distancing and safety precautions.

How to prepare your organization for COVID-19
  • Stay informed about COVID-19 in your community.
    • Find reputable sources for information about COVID-19 and help prevent misinformation in your community. Public health agencies are sources that will provide factual, up-to-date information. You can visit the ADHS or CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Develop or review your organization’s emergency response plans.
    • Ensure your plan is flexible and accounts for a potential increase in absences due to illness in employees and their families.
    • Plan for what to do in the event that your local public health department recommends canceling events or services (e.g., daycare, classes, fundraisers, community gatherings).
  • Identify activities, rituals, and traditions (e.g., hand shaking/holding, sharing items, etc.) that may need to be temporarily suspended or modified during a pandemic or community outbreak.
  • Assess the risks of attending gatherings for those at high risk for medical complications such as the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions.
What you can do to prepare your employees, volunteers and community
  • Distribute health messages and materials to staff, volunteers, and the community and educate about everyday preventive actions that includes respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene:
    • Staying home when sick.
    • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Encourage individuals to get the seasonal influenza vaccine.
What you can do to prevent COVID-19 at your organization
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as tables, countertops, doorknobs, telephones, railings, toys, etc.
      • Use a bleach-and-water solution (0.1% solution; 1:50 dilution) or disinfectant with a label that says "EPA approved" for killing bacteria and viruses. Always follow directions on product labels.
    • Provide supplies that promote healthy hygiene, including tissues, soap, and hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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