General Covid-19 Guidelines for Worship
As we move towards welcoming people to in person worship, please understand that we believe that MANY people in our church family should NOT attend worship in person at this time. People who are at “high risk”—over age 65 or with underlying health conditions—should not attend. Similarly, people who live with people who are high risk should strongly consider not attending in person. Of course, everyone will continue to be able to join online as in the past months.
As you probably know, many churches are operating with limited in-person worship numbers successfully. Our session and its consultants have determined that we can reasonably do this for people at lower risk with the following measures in place for now. The purpose of these measures is to protect everyone as much as possible from infection, especially by asymptomatic carriers. We mask and stay distanced to protect other people in case we are sick and do not know it. If you are not able to abide by the following restrictions, please worship from home for now.
Live streaming. All of our worship will continue on Facebook and YouTube. For many of you that is the right answer for now and we hope you continue to worship that way.
RSVP. All attendees should sign up ahead of time to ensure safe numbers (this will be available over the phone or via the website). We will limit attendance at each service.
Medically at Risk. No one at high risk or who is not feeling well should attend in person. Please do not come in person if you have a cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or muscle pain, or had any of them within the last few days.
Masks. Masks will be required at all times when in the building.
Air. The turnover of air in the sanctuary has been calculated and will refresh between the two services.
CDC Guidelines. Please remember that the following CDC guidelines are still in effect for each of us when we go out:
– Always wear a face covering.
– Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
– Disinfect things you touch, and do not touch what you do not have to.
– Avoid touching your face.
– Practice good etiquette when coughing/sneezing.
– Stay at least 6 feet away from others.