Healthy Communities

COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship

Effective May 4, 2020:

The Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Governor, has sole authority over all instances of quarantine, isolation, and restrictions on commerce and travel throughout Arkansas, as necessary and appropriate to control disease in the state of Arkansas as authorized by Ark. Code Ann. §20-7-109--110.  Based on available scientific evidence, it is necessary and appropriate to take further action to ensure that COVID-19 remains controlled and that residents and visitors in Arkansas remain safe.

Although places of worship were excluded from the Governor’s Executive Order 20-10 issued on March 26, 2020, in conjunction with the Directive on Limitations on Gatherings, most faith leaders in Arkansas did comply with the spirit of that Directive and ceased holding worship services in person and moved worship instead to an online or outdoor platform for their congregants. The Governor issued further limitations that applied to places of worship in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-13 on April 4, 2020, in conjunction with the Directive that provided further social distancing protocols. 

This guidance addresses the resumption of corporate worship during Phase 1 of Reopening Arkansas. For additional guidance and what changes might follow in Phases 2 and 3, please see the accompanying Guidance for Places of Worship.

During Phase 1 of Reopening Arkansas, places of worship may resume corporate, in-person services if they can comply with the following directives:



CDC Guidance

CDC has a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19 for community and places of worship. To learn more about CDC recommendations, click here.


Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
© 2017 Arkansas Department of Health. All Rights Reserved.
4815 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205-3867