Westminster Presbyterian Churchwide COVID-19 Guidelines and Covenant*

 

At Westminster church we strive to be a grace-filled, inclusive community of Christian believers dedicated to​​ building disciples and sharing God’s love. As a part of loving our community, we hereby covenant with one another to continue the fight against COVID-19 even as we open our buildings for public worship, learning, and use.

 

We will not attend any activities​​ on the church grounds if:

-We are sick.

-We are experiencing symptoms of illness, even if we are not certain of illness.

-We believe we may have been exposed to someone who is sick, until we are certain we are not contagious with​​ COVID.

-We are currently in isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19.

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Immediately upon entering the church building, we will either:

-Disinfect all surfaces of our hands with hand sanitizer until the gel is dry (hand sanitizer is available at all church​​ entryways).

-Wash our hands with soap and water for the time it takes to pray the Lord’s Prayer

-We will not hug, shake hands, or engage in physical contact when we are with others in public spaces.

-We will remain at least 6 feet apart from people with whom we do not live.

-For those age 5 and above, we will wear masks that cover our nose and mouth to protect others.**​​ 

Disposable masks are available near the church office if needed.

 

When we worship:

-We will sit six feet apart from those who are not in our immediate​​ family and allow​​ the ushers to direct us to our​​ seating. Families with younger children may leave the sanctuary if necessary. There is alternate seating in the​​ church lounge.

-We will​​ ​​ wear our masks and remain seated throughout the worship service.

-We​​ will reflect silently on the hymns and pray the unison prayers in silence.

-We will leave our offerings in the offering plates located at the entryways to the sanctuary.

-On Communion Sundays, we will pick up our individually sealed communion cups and wafers when entering the​​ sanctuary, and when leaving will place them in marked containers at the sanctuary entryways to be recycled.

 

If you have been fully vaccinated:***

-We will wear our masks and maintain social distancing in common spaces in the church (e.g., church office,​​ walkways, narthex, sanctuary, bathrooms, etc.) or in a group of any size that includes​​ unvaccinated persons​​ (including children).

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* A covenant is a solemn promise made between at least two parties and God. In this case, it is an agreement that is being made between the staff, members, and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

** Dane County Public Health Order #14 includes updated guidance on face coverings that aligns with CDC guidance. Face coverings must be secured with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that must go behind the head and fit snugly against the side of the face. Cloth face masks must be made with two or more layers of tightly woven fabric. The Dane County Public Health Department suggests holding up the face mask to a light. If light does not pass through, the fabric is sufficiently “tightly woven.” Bandanas, single layer neck gaiters, face shields, goggles, scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, shirt or sweater collars, and masks with slits, exhalation valves, or punctures are not face coverings under the order. (As the public health order is updated, these details will be updated.)

*** According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥ 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥ 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

 

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