A hand-sanitizing station is seen at the entrance to the sanctuary of St. Louis Church May 23 in Batesville, Indiana, May 23. (CNS/Katie Rutter)
The coronavirus pandemic caused many businesses, schools, parishes and more to shut down for months in an attempt to get the infection rate under control. Many parishes have now reopened and parishioners are going back to Mass. Many businesses have reopened to customers. And schools are discussing plans for reopening in the fall. But what steps have been taken to keep the coronavirus in check?
Alarming COVID-19 reports are coming from colleges across the country— including, just eight days after classes began, from the University of Notre Dame, which had been on the vanguard of promising in-person education.
Americans, by a 4-to-1 margin, said houses of worship should be subject to the same social-distancing rules as other organizations. The ratio backing this view was 3-to-1 for Christians, 4-to-1 for Jews, and 9-to-1 for those who are religiously unaffiliated.
While state orders have forced some Catholic dioceses to abandon their more assertive approach to reopening schools, other dioceses are using the divergence from online public schools as a marketing point.