‘So surprised and so disappointed’: How local places of worship will handle reopening

How local places of worship will handle reopening
How local places of worship will handle reopening

HOUSTON – Several Houston religious leaders and congregations shared how they will handle services after Gov. Greg Abbott lifts the mask mandate and reopen Texas 100%.

Would they stick to what they’ve been doing or make changes to protocols in place? Many said they aren’t changing anything anytime soon.

Inside Congregation Beth Israel of Houston, the temple and its seats remain empty more often than not. Before COVID-19, services would attract thousands. But now, the max is about 50.

“We are open very limited so some families and congregants,” said Pam Kutner, executive director of Congregation Beth Israel.

The congregation has monthly meetings to go over any possible protocol changes.

And after hearing Abbott’s announcement of lifting the statewide mask mandate, many were not happy.

“We were so surprised and so disappointed by the announcement. We are definitely not changing what we’ve been doing. We have the health survey when you come, we require masks,” Kutner said.

At the largest religious community in the Houston area, the Islamic Society of Greater Houston also meets regularly with their task force that includes frontline health care professionals.


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