COVID-19 PROTOCOLS WHEN ENTERING ST. PAUL'S PROPERTY
PROTOCOLS FOR STAFF, MEMBERS, VISITORS WHO BECOME ILL WITH COVID SYMPTOMS OR WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
In compliance with CDC guidelines and in order to protect the health and safety of us all, please be reminded:
COVID-19 UPDATE – March 9, 2021
Lent has arrived, guiding us through a time of preparation for Holy Week and Easter. As we prepare our hearts and minds for the Easter Season, we must also continue to safeguard our bodies against COVID. With additional guidance from the CDC and an increase in vaccine availability, we can begin the process of returning to a normal church life. The following instructions apply through Lent and Easter, and until we begin our summer schedule.
WORSHIP SERVICES INCLUDING CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL, GROCERY MINISTRY PROGRAM, AND ACCESS TO THE CURCH BUILDING
We will continue complying with our current COVID practices. Sanitize hands upon entering and leaving the church building, keep 6 ft. of social distance, wear a mask, follow worship service COVID guidance as printed in the Bulletin. We Repeat – masks are required during worship service.
CDC Guidelines: St Paul’s procedures follow the CDC guidelines for assembling in public places where larger groups of the general public congregate.
COMMITTEE AND GROUP MEETINGS
Upon entering the building and the meeting room, a mask is to be worn. The meeting coordinator will ask for everyone’s preference on whether or not masks are to be worn. If everyone feels comfortable not wearing a mask, then all masks can be removed. If just one person prefers mask wearing, then everyone should comply and stay masked.
Table/desk tops and high-touch areas are to be wiped down with disinfectant prior to leaving the meeting/building.
CDC Guidelines: St. Paul’s procedures follow the CDC guidelines for the safe gathering of families and small groups of people from other households who feel comfortable congregating together without mask wearing. Fully vaccinated people can congregate with other fully vaccinated people mask free. Unvaccinated people in a small group can gather mask free as long as they are not at high risk of contracting COVID; those at high risk include people over age 65, or those with underlying health problems such as heart disease or cancer, who have not been vaccinated.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT MEET WITHIN OUR BUILDING
Groups that utilize our building, such as Scouts and Music-In-Motion, can set their own guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing.
Table/desk tops and high-touch areas are to be wiped down with disinfectant prior to leaving the meeting.
Staff will continue to fog meeting rooms, fellowship hall, and the sanctuary when a room is frequently used. During Holy Week, the sanctuary will be fogged prior to the Thursday, Friday and Sunday services. Bathrooms and public areas will be sanitized.
The Kitchen remains closed for all church and social functions. l
COVID-19 TASK FORCE. We welcome your input, suggestions or concerns. Please feel free to contact any Task Force member: Pastor Burkhart, Suzanne Butler, Carla Housmann, Russ Johnson, Peg Sennett (Chair)