SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - More coronavirus cases in Arizona means more churches in the Valley are taking extra safety measures.

"We don't want to be fearful about it. But we want to make sure people feel safe when they come here, and we want them to be sure we are taking it seriously, even though there's not a threat in this area right now," said Jill Hoekstra, communications director at Scottsdale Bible Church.

She said the Shea campus is making sure it does more cleaning than usual.

"After every service, we're wiping all the armrests, the doors, the door handles, the counters with sanitizing solution," said Hoekstra.

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Scottsdale Bible Church is making sure it does more cleaning than usual.

The church is also changing the way visitors take communion.

"Normally we pass trays with little crackers and little cups of juice. So what we're doing is ordering individual servings, so we can hand those out that are individually wrapped, so no one has to touch the trays," said Hoekstra.

The staff has also asked volunteers to hold signs instead of shaking hands.

"People tend to want to shake hands with people when they come onto campus just as a friendly greeting, so we're just trying to discourage that as much as possible because if our greeters are shaking a bunch of hands there's transmission of any kind of germ," said Hoekstra.

Scottsdale Bible is not the only church taking extra measures. The Islamic Center of Phoenix wants visitors to limit hugs and handshakes. Central Christian Church sent an email to churchgoers. It asks parents to keep kids from classrooms if they're sick, discourages greeters from shaking hands and says it will start taking communion as visitors exit the service.

Scottsdale Bible

Scottsdale Bible is not the only church taking extra measures.

Churches say they're not scared, just proactive.

"God is sovereign," said Hoekstra. "He's in control, and we don't need to be fearful of things like this."

 

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