Many US churches canceling in-person Christmas services

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Dec 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-25 13:08:01-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid the surge of coronavirus cases across the U.S., numerous churches have canceled in-person Christmas services.

Such moves are a huge disappointment to pastors and churchgoers who consider them an annual highlight. Other churches are planning outdoor services or proposed a hybrid of online and in-person worship, often imposing tight restrictions for those in attendance.

These included requirements to wear masks and show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Among the prominent churches canceling some or all of their in-person Christmas services are Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital; St. John the Divine in New York City; and the historic Old South Church in Boston.

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