REOPENING BEST PRACTICES FOR DURING THE PANDEMIC
GLEN MOORE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
UPDATED MAY 19, 2021
The Eastern PA Conference has issued the following revised guidance regarding how churches and congregations should function going forward.
Capacity: The current capacity limit is 50% of normal capacity. For us, that is 88 people, excluding the Community Room Revised guidelines for capacity from Governor Tom Wolf are expected on May 31, 2021. We will revise the guidelines as they are updated.
Symptoms: We urge persons not to enter the church or attend gatherings when experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Masks: Fully vaccinated persons are not required to mask indoors or outdoors, unless in crowded settings. In crowded spaces or with vulnerable populations, masking is recommended even for fully vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated persons should continue to mask and maintain social distancing.
Singing: Singing can resume in congregational settings, but only vaccinated persons should sing aloud unmasked. Unvaccinated persons, including singing ensemble members, should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Cleaning and Disinfecting: The virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces. In most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is to regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
Communion: We will continue to use pre-packaged, sanitized communion packets.
Small Groups/Bible study: Bible studies and small groups can resume in person. We will continue to maintain some online options for high-risk individuals and those who do not feel comfortable being in public.
Office: We are continuing our normal office hours.
General Building: We urge you to stay home/seek medical attention if you have symptoms. Hand sanitizer continues to be available by the church side entrance.
On-Line: We will continue to record and broadcast our worship services, and offer an on-line option for attending committee meetings.