Sunday service under social distancing rules

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SOUTH JORDAN — As shuttered Utah businesses slowly begin to open up with social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, a local Christian church got creative to hold a Sunday service for worshippers.

“Our church has been dying to get back together,” said Pastor Ritch Sandford, of The Mission Church in South Jordan where members held an outdoor service in a parking lot.

“We’re glad to have the restrictions lifted enough that by following certain guidelines we can (meet),” Pastor Sandford said.

The parking lot gathering — where the church required social distancing between families — came the day Utah saw another death from COVID-19 and crossed the 5,000-case threshold in total number of positive cases reported.

The death of a Salt Lake County woman, who was between the age of 45 and 64 with a history of underlying conditions and was hospitalized, brings Utah’s total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 50, the Utah Department of Health reported Sunday.

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