PHOTO: Many people are shifting their Easter plans to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols.
By Caroline Chilcott,
Due to the pandemic, this year’s Easter events look a little different than previous years’.
The University Covenant Church typically hosts an annual Easter event, which includes worship services inside of their building, an outdoor Easter egg hunt and other fun activities for their members to enjoy. Last year, the services and activities were canceled because of COVID-19, but they will be bringing back their traditions this year.
Easter worship services will be held today at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the outdoor field of University Covenant Church. To participate, RSVP for a spot at www.ucov.com/easter.
“This is a community event for anyone who wants to celebrate the joy of Easter in a safe, outdoor environment; it is kid-friendly with activities during and after the worship services,” said John Fanous, The University Covenant Church’s lead pastor.
Fanous is looking forward to hosting an entertaining event but stresses the importance of safety.
“This year, we decided to do everything outdoors to follow state guidelines for COVID-19. We will still have an online option for people who are not yet comfortable joining us,” Fanous said.
Davis High senior Annika Bastin’s Easter celebration typically consists of a Sunday morning church service, an Easter egg hunt in her yard and a brunch with her friends and family. However, this year Bastin will be dining at a local restaurant with her immediate family for Easter brunch.
“[When] my family goes out to eat brunch, it will definitely be outside to allow for air circulation and ample space,” Bastin said.
Junior Elise Wyman, her family and their next door neighbors host an annual Easter egg hunt for their neighborhood to celebrate the holiday.
“This year, the neighborhood get-together will still be happening, but it will be socially distanced and we won’t get to eat together outside like we usually do. I look forward to Easter because it is a really nice opportunity to see my extended family and my neighbors,” Wyman said.
Although Easter plans for most families have shifted to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, Easter is still a great chance to see family and friends, as well as recognize the start of spring and the resurrection of Jesus for those who celebrate.