Churches across N.S. suspend Sunday services as part of COVID-19 safety measures

Many parishioners were leaving their church services when the Nova Scotia government announced that the province has three presumptive cases of COVID-19.

The news came as most churches were wrapping up their final services for the foreseeable future, all in the name of following safety measures recommended by public health officials to suspend large gatherings in an effort to slow the potential spread of the novel coronavirus.

“I think they’re taking it according to what the medical science is telling them and also using some common sense and scientific sense to adjust as we go along,” John Gabner said, a parishioner of St. Matthew’s United Church in downtown Halifax.

Gabner says the church had made access to hand sanitizier readily available and that people were sitting far away from one another while they took in the sermon.

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