Church opening recommendations from the Re-entry team
Kathy Miczulski, Myer and Jon Haux, and Paul Heintzleman
The Re-Entry team will continue to meet and to consider County, State, and UCC Conference guidelines when making recommendations to the Church Board. The Church Board will make final decisions regarding time and method of re-entry.
Re-Entry Team Update 7/27/21
The CDC issued new recommendations today for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the Delta variant currently circulating in the United States. Included was the recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. “Substantial” means 50-99 cases per 100,000 people, “high” is 100 or greater. According to the CDC website, Larimer county is an area where there is a substantial level of community transmission of COVID-19. The county’s website indicated today (July 27th) that we were at 70 cases per 100,000.
As such, the Re-Entry Team will require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to resume wearing face masks during indoor worship, starting this Sunday, August 1st. (Remember, this is no different than how we first resumed worship on June 6th.) Masking will also be required for any memorial services or other church functions held indoors.
Please wear an appropriate face mask over your nose and mouth while you are in the building. Leave neck gators, face shields, and masks with exhalation valves at home. The church will provide you and/or your child with an appropriate, disposable mask if you do not have one. Per the CDC, the masking recommendations now include children 2 years old or older.
We recommend that in order to safely resume in-person worship, the following must be in place:
1) The Larimer County Risk Score is ‘low’ for a 4 week period, and the Status level is at ‘cautious’ or below. The Larimer County checklist must be completed and posted. It can be found HERE.
2) Training is provided for all church staff and volunteers on COVID-19 facts, numbers, transmission, sanitation and movement of people through the building.
3) The church will provide masks and hand sanitizer for staff, volunteers and congregants. Masks will be required of all on arrival. (Note: when worship leaders or staff are surrounded by 12 feet of empty space, they may remove their masks.)
4) If the number of people who can be in the sanctuary together is limited, the Re-Entry team will create a survey to determine who would like to attend, and a registration tool so that those that want to attend can reserve a seat.
NOTE: If someone is in an at-risk category or has had any COVID-like symptoms, we ask them to stay at home.
5) Movement flow will be established to prevent crowding or face-to-face encounter in entryways, hallways, gathering spaces and stairwells.
6) Signage about direction of flow, sanitation and seat spacing will be easily visible throughout the building.
7) At least 4 Ushers will be needed each Sunday/funeral/worship service to assist people with movement and seat spacing.
8) The church will be deep cleaned/sanitized following worship and/or meetings before the next group or worship session.
9) Worship services will also continue to be offered online. If possible, church business meetings will also be held virtually.
10) Coffee and fellowship time will be suspended until a later date.
Worship Details for Re-Opening:
1) All necessary parts of the worship service will be printed on recyclable bulletins (available as people enter the sanctuary) and/or on our screen.
All other materials must be removed from the pews.
2) Offering stations will be provided at the front and back of the church with people encouraged to give electronically.
3) The Nursery will be open for young children (up to age 4). Children’s Worship will remain suspended. Children may sit with their parents during worship. 4) The cozy corner may be used by one child/household at a time. The space must be sprayed with Lysol between uses.
5) Communion may be done using individually wrapped elements.
6) There may be solo singers and special music, but no choir or hymns yet. This will be revisited as updates occur.
7) The congregation may participate in responsive readings and the Lord’s Prayer.
8) Outdoor worship will follow similar crowd flow practices, with ushers guiding entrance and exit, and people providing their own seating. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.