Our Faith is Bigger than this Virus!

During this significant time of religious observances and ceremonies, we encourage our faith community to please follow the CDC guidelines and recommendations that stress the importance of social distancing and refraining from gatherings of 10 or more individuals.  The Coronavirus is affecting the way people across Tampa Bay gather, but this virus will not shake our faith.

Mayor Jane Castor and her administration understand that regular faith-based gatherings and outreach are an important part of life for many in our Tampa community. During this time of uncertainty and the harsh reality of how the COVID-19 coronavirus has easily and aggressively spread worldwide, it is crucial to protect everyone, especially those in our high-risk populations, from potential exposure to this virus. These challenging times require our community members to embrace alternative ways of worshipping together while they stay apart for a little while.

Safe Alternatives to Large Public Gatherings and Services

  1. Host digital (video) religious services
  2. Encourage “online giving” or ways that do not require direct contact with money
  3. Connect with congregation members by phone, email or virtually
  4. Utilize social media to share photos, videos and messages
  5. Facilitate small group meetings not to exceed ten (10) individuals spaced no closer than 6 feet apart.
  6. Using other technologies that support social distancing and are in accordance with the “Safer at Home” order and CDC guidelines.

The City of Tampa is offering technical assistance to faith-based leaders who need help navigating digital service options. To express an interest in receiving digital assistance please complete the online questionnaire at: surveymonkey.com/r/faithbasedtechsupport