Baton Rouge church reopens doors to the public under Phase 3 guidelines

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Under Louisiana’s Phase 3 guidelines, houses of worship are allowed to operate with no restrictions on capacity.

Leaders at Beacon Light Church in Baton Rouge are excited to open their doors again, but they will have their own guidelines.

During the first week of Phase 3 guidelines, the church let its leaders join in-person service. The church will allow groups of the general public back in the following weeks.

“It’s just exciting to be in the wonderful spirit filled service,” said Whitney McCray, church leader.

Pastor Eric Willimas will host an outside service at the Baton Rouge fairgrounds for the general public to ensure people’s safety.

“People can stay in there car, people can listen to the radio. We even told people to bring their chairs. If they want to sit outside, hope and pray the weather is good. And people can sit outside and we can enjoy the service,” he said.

Since the start of the pandemic, the church has been operating virtually. 

While the general public is coming back into the church, virtual service will be provided for those who are not yet comfortable.

“It has been a blessing, reaching a lot of people, but people are ready to come back to church,” said Pastor Willimas.

Beacon Light Church will continue to follow COVID-19 mitigations, including wearing a face mask, proper sanitation, and social distancing.

Pastor Willimas wants to remind his community that although the state is moving forward, the pandemic is not over.

“Still getting the test, still getting the vaccine, I think is really going to make us comfortable moving forward,” he said.

More information on the state’s Phase 3 guidelines is available here.

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