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D.C. Shoots Down Church’s Request for Vaccinated-Only Section

A D.C. church’s attempt to cordon off a vaccinated-only section during its service to get around social distancing requirements was nixed by city health officials.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church requested setting up the section for people who have been fully vaccinated if they could prove their vaccination status, BarredinDC.com first reported. However, D.C. officials denied the request in an April 14 letter to the Northeast church, saying such a seating arrangement wouldn’t comply with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

The letter said it appears the seating arrangement for vaccinated people wouldn’t be in a totally separate building.

A church pastor said the request was not for a section without masks, WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported.

The CDC says vaccinated people can meet in private settings with each other or low-risk unvaccinated persons without social distancing or masks, but has not updated its guidance for public spaces such as churches, WTTG-TV reported.

As of Monday, D.C. has administered 422,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine with 15.7% of city residents fully vaccinated, according to health department data.

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