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Taos area churches close as coronavirus precaution

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A number of local faith-based and religious organizations have suspended their services for the time being due to concerns over the COVID–19 virus. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Taos has suspended all gatherings and the church campus has been closed, as per the recommendation of Archbishop John C. Wester. 

“We can and should use this time in order to deepen our personal and family prayers lives, develop a deep hunger for the sacraments that we at times take for granted, and break open the word of God so that we may realize our need for His truth and love,” said Father Daniel Gutierrez of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. 

In addition to the masses, the church will not be holding ministry meetings or other events. 

Members of St. James Episcopal Church can also expect disruptions in their services due to the virus, for the foreseeable future. 

All services will be canceled at St. James for the week of March 15-20. The food bank will continue operations Thursday (March 19) with added precautions for the current health situation. 

“By taking precautions at this stage, we limit the spread of the disease allowing our health care structures to be more prepared all while diminishing the impact of the disease,’ said St. James Reverend Fred Brown. 

Officials at St. James will be meeting in the upcoming week to discuss the future of services. 

Members of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses will also have their activities canceled until Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham lifts the medical emergency status across the state. 

The Spanish congregation at Kingdom Hall will still be active. 

This is a developing story. If you have a service that will be impacted by the virus, contact the writer at jmoya@taosnews.com

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