The church closes once more after the reopening, because the corona virus spreads among the many parishioners

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A church in Georgia that reopened after the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic was closed after several families reported being infected with the virus.

Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle, an independent Baptist church in Ringgold, Georgia, opened its doors to personal service on April 26, just two days after the governor began reopening the state. Only 16 days later, on May 12, the Church announced that it would stop serving personally after three members tested positive for COVID-19. The church said only about 25 percent of the church attended the service personally and followed the rules of social distancing.

In a formal statement, the church said:

"Our hearts are heavy since some of our families are affected by the effects of the COVID-19 virus, and we ask that you pray for each of them if they follow the prescribed protocol and have a rest at home.

"Although we are very sure that we can offer a safe environment in our facilities, the decision was made to continue to suspend all personal services until further notice to ensure safety and wellbeing – being our families."

The first case related to the church was announced on May 12. The following day, the Northwest Georgia Public Health District examined a total of three church-related cases.

Places of worship continue to open across Georgia after restrictions have been eased last month. However, the decision of the Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle Church to suspend personal services must be noted when the churches begin to resume personal services

Health experts have previously warned that returning to large gatherings too soon could trigger a further increase in COVID-19 cases.

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