Will COVID-19 affect Easter celebrations at local churches?

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Cornerstone Church has been reaching out to the community for 35 years.

And while COVID-19 has forced Cornerstone to close its doors, like many churches throughout the nation, it hasn't stopped the congregation from coming together.

Bishop Michael Pitts, who founded Cornerstone, shut down the church immediately when Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Ohioans should practice social distancing. He said his number one priority was to protect his members.

But with Easter coming in fewer than two weeks, it leaves many wondering what the stay-at-home order will do for celebrating the day.

While Pitts said physical services in the buildings are canceled, Easter itself will never be canceled. The church will be live streaming its services on Easter Sunday.

Online service times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Sundays.

In addition to church services, Cornerstone has been reaching out into the community, hosting blood drives and donating food to the hungry.