Religious Buildings Reopen in Southwestern U.S. at a Faster Pace
Places of worship are slowly reopening across the U.S., but generally more quickly in southwestern states.
Large cities that were hit hard by the virus and stay-at-home orders are showing more tepid religious-property usage in early March, according to data from Brivo, which records the time and location of tens of millions of commercial-building access events from doors connected to its platform.
Data for New York City show fewer than one-third and in San Francisco less than half of religious buildings have reopened. Meanwhile, more than 83% in Salt Lake City are open.
Overall, Brivo data shows that America’s commercial buildings are 58% reopened as of March 12, compared with the pre-pandemic daily average in February 2020. Religious buildings remain 26.5% below the normal access rates.
Last year, less than half of Americans identified as being a member of a church or synagogue, the first time the figure has fallen below 50% since Gallup started polling on this issue in 1992.
And for the second year in a row, less than half of the U.S. population deems religion as “very important“ in life.
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