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Ventilation in Church Spaces

Ventilation and Church Spaces

Issued: September 8, 2020

Many have inquired about the use of lower church space and chapels in light of COVID-19 and concerns about ventilation.

  • Ventilation is the intentional introduction of fresh air into a space while the stale air is removed. It is done to maintain the quality of air in that space.
  • Ventilation is an important factor in preventing the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading indoors. Below are steps to consider which can improve indoor ventilation. These steps should be considered in consultation with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professional.
  • Open windows and doors, if possible, to increase air flow.
  • Do not use fans, such as floor fans that blow air directly across the attendees.
  • Ceiling circulating fans and ductless AC units are acceptable.
  • Adhere to occupancy limitations issued by the Commonwealth or your local authorities.
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Require that masks be worn at all times.

If the facility has not been used for a period of time, clean and disinfect or replace filters. Going forward, make sure filters are cleaned and disinfected or replaced on a regular basis.
If you have concerns about ventilation, because the space in question does not have windows that open or other concerns, consider using an alternative space, increasing the distancing protocols, and consulting with an HVAC professional.

For more detailed information, go to: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-ventilation-and-air-conditioning-in-public-spaces-and-buildings-and-covid-19

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