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Many Minnesota churches remain wary of reopening


Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

The United Methodist Church for Minnesota and the Dakotas was among the larger faith communities that did not plan to immediately return to in-person services. Above, military helicopters passed Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis in 2018.

Many Minnesota religious leaders remain wary of reopening their doors to congregants amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite a new order from Gov. Tim Walz that allows services to resume under special pandemic precautions.

Walz responded to pressure from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and other religious groups Saturday in allowing places of worship to reopen at 25% of normal seating capacity, effective just before midnight Tuesday. Archbishop Bernard Hebda lauded the move as a "breakthrough" that will allow Catholic services to resume Wednesday.


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