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April 9, 2020
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Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093
Dave Humm, Health Promotion Manager, 402-441-8042

Mayor Encourages Residents to Celebrate Holidays Safely

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today urged residents to celebrate Easter, Passover, Ramadan and other religious and cultural occasions in ways that prevent the spread of COVID-19. She said observing these holidays at home with those in your immediate household is the best way to keep everyone safe.

"While we are all practicing social distancing, we do not have to practice spiritual distancing," Mayor Gaylor Baird said. "Discouraging in-person gatherings is not a suspension of worship. Celebrating your faith while sacrificing in-person gatherings is difficult, yet we encourage you to think of it as an expression of love for the members of your congregation, your neighbors, and your community."

Many faith communities are offering virtual services, and health professionals recommend that a minimum number of necessary technical personnel be used. Mayor Gaylor Baird said some faith communities are also planning drive-in services in parking lots. Health professionals advise those participating in drive-in services to observe the following recommendations:

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