Catholic priest Fr. Ian Espartero walks past empty pews as he prepares to distribute communion to a few parishioners as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Quezon city, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
UPDATED 10:50 AM PT — Sunday, August 9, 2020
According to new poll, the vast majority of Americans believe houses of worship should follow the same pandemic guidelines as other businesses and organizations. The poll, which was released by Pew on Friday, revealed nearly eight in 10 Americans agree with this line of thinking.
Nearly 3/4 of Christians surveyed said churches synagogues, mosques and others should be required to practice social distancing.
The poll also found both sides of the aisle seemed to come together on this issue. 63% of Republicans and an overwhelming 93% of Democrats agreed the guidelines are important.
“It’s vital that to control the spread of the virus, anytime people get together, including for religious services, everyone wear masks, practice social distancing, wash their hands, and while indoors make sure there’s good ventilation and airflow,” explained Governor Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).
The results came from the responses of more than 10,000 adults and has a 1.5% margin of error.