Churches in Verona are responding to COVID-19 with suspension of religious gatherings and services.

Initially, on Saturday, March 14, Public Health Madison and Dane County announced restrictions for services in places of worship and religious gathering centers where over 250 people assemble.

That initial ruling was unlikely to affect any churches in Verona.

However, with Dane County’s order Sunday, March 15, limiting all gatherings to 50 people or less, and Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order the following day taking that statewide, most Verona churches were forced to postpone services.

All masses at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 301 N. Main St., are canceled through Friday, April 3.

All in-person activities and gatherings have been suspended at Saint James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 427 S. Main St., until further notice. Online recordings or internet streaming of services is being considered.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7291 County Hwy. PD, has closed to visits, including Little Blessings Preschool. Worship services will be streamed on YouTube.

For now, there will be no Sunday gatherings at Memorial Baptist Church, 201 S. Main St., but services will be streamed on YouTube.

Sunday School and Wednesday night worship services have been postponed at Redeemer Bible Fellowship, 130 N. Franklin St., through April 6. At this time, the church still plans to hold its Sunday worship services.

All meals, Easter for Kids and canvassing for Easter have been canceled at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6705 Wesner Road. As of Tuesday, a decision had not yet been made on canceling worship services.

Public worship, classes, meetings and all other programming are canceled indefinitely at Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Drive.

All gatherings, including Sunday worship services, are canceled at Sugar River United Methodist Church 415 W. Verona Ave., until at least March 27. Sunday services can still be watched live on the church’s Facebook page.

West Madison Bible Church, 2920 Cty Hwy M, has canceled services for the time being.

Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet.com.