Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

COVID Response Protocols Umbrella Policy

August 2021

 

 

Colossians 1:9-12
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.



POLICY NARRATIVE

Paul reminds us to be strengthened with power from God’s glorious might so that we might have endurance and patience. For more than the past year, we have practiced patience and endured separations to protect our church family. By the grace of God, we had several weeks of coming together where restrictions were less, and hugs were even shared; however, precautions must once again be put in place in hopes that we may continue to safely gather together. Though our faces will be masked and physical distance will separate us, the bond of God’s love will keep us as one.


As a church body, we do encourage all members to be vaccinated from Covid-19. The vaccination does not 100% prevent one from being infected by the virus nor does it 100% prevent spreading the virus to others, but it does provide more than 90% protection against severe infection caused by Covid-19. In caring for one another, the vaccine helps protect the person vaccinated as well as those who share space with the vaccinated person.


All persons in a church building, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will be required to wear facemasks. Masks are to be worn at all times in the buildings including but not limited to worship services, Sunday school classes, prayer meetings, Bible studies, work groups, Food Bank workers and participants, youth and children’s groups, and the like. Masks must cover the mouth and nose at all times. The only exception to mask-wearing is for children 2 years of age and younger. “My mask protects you; your mask protects me.” Because both vaccinated and unvaccinated can spread Covid-19, we will not have indoor dining at Chapel Hill. (Masks are removed to eat, and in order to protect one another, we must keep masks in place.)


We will observe social distancing with 6 feet between yourself and anyone who is not a member of your household. Rather than a hug, share a wink and a wave to express affection to one another.


Wash hands often. We have hand sanitizer available (vigorously rub hands together with friction until solution is completely dry for most effective germ-killing) through the church (fellowship hall, classrooms, and office). When possible, please use soap and water (soap on hands for at least 20 seconds—vigorous scrubbing with lots of bubbles!).


As a matter of safety and protection for yourself, please be cautious to not touch your face or mask. If you need to touch your face or mask, wash your hands prior to touching and immediately afterwards. (Usually Covid is passed through the mouth and nose, but the virus can get into the body through the eyes, too.)


It is highly recommended that those who are immunocompromised continue to worship and participate virtually at this time. With the knowledge that the current strain of the virus is more detrimental to weakened immune systems, we want to protect our family.


For church sponsored activities that meet off of the church grounds, such as the Labor Day Retreat, it is recommended that participants are tested for Covid-19 a day or two before the Retreat. If anyone is positive for Covid, or thinks he/she may have been exposed recently, do not attend the retreat or activity in consideration for the health and safety of other participants.


We will continue to monitor the progression of the pandemic and make adjustments as appropriate for the health and safety of our church family and community. You are loved. And even with constraints in place, may we continue to be a light for the Kingdom.


POLICY OUTLINE

1. Masks must be worn at all times.
    a. Masks must cover both the nose and mouth.
    b. Wash hands before and after touching your mask and/or face.

2. Wash hands often.
    a. Handwashing: soap on hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.
    b. Hand sanitizer: rub hands together vigorously until the solution is dry.

3. Social distance with 6 feet between you and those who are not members of your household.

4. Please continue to participate virtually if you are immunocompromised.

5. If you suspect you have been exposed to Covid (regardless if vaccinated or unvaccinated), please get tested.
    a. If you are positive with Covid, vaccinated or unvaccinated, symptomatic or asymptomatic, isolate for 10 days.
    b. You must be fever-free for 24 hours (without taking medication that lowers temperature such as Tylenol/acetaminophen or Advil/ Motrin/ Ibuprofen) before returning to the church. (Respect the 10 days isolation for Covid + even if the fever has resolved)

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