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Choir Practice No Safe Haven From Coronavirus

The River Church in Tampa hosts a service in March.
The Florida Channel
In March, the pastor of The River Church in Tampa was arrested after hosting two large Sunday services, even busing people in.

As Gov. Ron DeSantis weighs when to move ahead with lifting additional coronavirus restrictions, a report issued Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted how contagious the virus can be in group settings.

The CDC studied an outbreak that stemmed from a choir practice in Washington state.

Adults attended one or two three-hour sessions in early March in Skagit County.

While the report said no one reported having physical contact, choir members sat near each other, shared snacks and sang during the session.

A total of 53 coronavirus cases were identified, with three people becoming hospitalized and two eventually dying.

The CDC report said the incident is a reminder of why certain activities need to be discouraged.

“This underscores the importance of physical distancing, including maintaining at least 6 feet between persons, avoiding group gatherings and crowded places, and wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain during this pandemic,” the report said.

Florida last week started the first phase of reopening its economy, a move that allowed many retailers and restaurants to reopen after being closed for the previous month.

Barber shops and hair salons were allowed to reopen on Monday. Florida has not mandated that people wear face coverings as part of the reopening.