Faith leaders encouraging Missouri residents to find creative ways to celebrate Easter

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Multiple Missouri health departments are asking Missourians to Stay and Pray this Easter Sunday by celebrating traditions at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Residents are asked to look for alternative virtual or televised Easter or Passover services instead of attending in-person services. Faith leaders are encouraged to find creative ways to celebrate the holiday spirit without congregations physically gathering. Faith leaders can contact their local health departments to create a plan for Easter services.

Missourians are also asked to celebrate the holiday with family via video chat or phone call instead of inviting family to celebrate in-person. Families can still cook traditional meals and have a virtual dinner with others over a video conference platform.

A news release says COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including religious practices. It notes individuals can spread the virus even if they do not show symptoms, and to stop the spread and save lives, normal behaviors need to change, including how we learn, work, and worship.