Guidelines for Returning to Worship
Returning to In-Person Worship
St. George's is committed to safely returning to worship on Sundays. We will plan carefully for each family attending to provide plenty of space between chairs and follow all guidelines issued by our local government and the CDC. We offer a variety of ways to worship in person and online. Please carefully review these guidelines below before making the decision to attend in-person worship.
Click here for current worship times.
St. George’s takes your safety seriously. We have implemented protective measures in accordance with local and national public health guidelines to mitigate the risk posed by COVID-19. However, we cannot guarantee your safety. By worshiping in person you agree that you understand and assume the risk of exposure to COVID-19, and agree to release and hold St. George’s harmless from any claim associated with exposure to the virus. In order for us to better care for our community, we ask that you follow all posted guidelines and verbal instructions while in the building or on church grounds. Thank you for your cooperation.
General Guidelines for Reopening Worship at St. George's
St. George’s is committed to charting a responsible return to in-person worship within the guidelines provided by state and local government, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Bishop Bauerschmidt. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our community and parish family. To that end, we have consulted with a team of healthcare professionals to make the following recommendations and practices for in-person worship.
- Public spaces in the church will be cleaned according to CDC guidelines.
- Keep a social distance of 6 feet between you and individuals outside your household.
- Masks should be worn by all who attend worship services, group meetings, and staff meetings. Masks should also be worn in outdoor gatherings when social distancing cannot be avoided. (Masks prevent the spread of the virus. In a recent New England Journal of Medicine study, half of the patients who tested positive for Covid-19 had no symptoms at the time of testing. A mask will not protect you from getting the virus, but it will prevent you from transmitting the virus to someone else.)
- Wash hands thoroughly (for 20 seconds or more) with soap and warm water before coming to St. George’s. If soap is unavailable, hand sanitizer is an effective alternative.
- Parishioners—adults and children— diagnosed with chronic lung disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or those who are immunocompromised or significantly overweight should stay at home. These conditions significantly increase the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19.
- Parishioners over the age of 65 should consult with their personal physician for guidance before attending a public worship service. While age alone has not been identified as an independent risk factor, it is known that immunity decreases with age. Individuals over the age of 65 who have one of the conditions mentioned above are at increased risk.
- Parishioners who have exhibited signs of illness within the last 48 hours such as a fever, cough, aches, or other symptoms of Covid-19 should stay home. For an updated list of Covid-19 symptoms visit cdc.gov.
- Parishioners who have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 within the last 14 days should stay home.
- Children over 2 who are unable to reliably wear a mask and maintain distancing should stay at home.
- Household groups should be kept 6 ft. apart and allowed approximately 200 sq. ft. of space.
- No Cup (Blood of Christ) will be offered during Communion. Communion will consist of the Bread (Body of Christ) which is considered full communion.
- At the Peace, no touching will be permitted between individuals outside of your household.
- We will not pass the plate during the Offertory. Plates will be located at the exit(s) for your weekly gift.
- Masks should be pulled away from the mouth for Communion and put back in place once you have received the Bread.
- Hand sanitizer is located throughout the building and in worship spaces for your use.
- Volunteers will be posted at restrooms to ensure that access is limited to a number that allows for 6 ft. of social distancing.
- No nursery or childcare will be available.
- No coffee, water, or cookie stations will be available.
- Parishioners are asked to leave the building immediately and gather outside, if necessary.
- Facilities management is working to provide a process for one entry and one exit to and from each worship space to reduce contact with others.