Health & Safety Protocols

While The Church of St. Michael & St. George will make every effort to provide a sanitary environment in the church and premises through these practices and protocols, the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry recognize that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present and that COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Therefore, anyone attending worship at The Church of St. Michael & St. George voluntarily assumes all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

If after attending a service at The Church of St. Michael & St. George or entering the premises, and you start exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, we request that you inform us, get tested as soon as possible, and let us know the result so that we can take the necessary action. When you are waiting for your test results, we ask that you worship with us online. If you, unfortunately, test positive we ask that you worship with us online until you have approval from your physician.

Required Practices
A record of in-person attendees at worship services is kept.

All clergy persons or lay people must take their temperature before arriving at church. If anyone has a 99.4 degree+ temperature, it is incumbent on them to stay home. If anyone feels sick or continually sneezes or coughs, they must stay home. If anyone has been exposed to the virus from another person within the last 14 days, they must stay at home. Any parishioner 65 or over, or who are at high risk, is encouraged to consider avoiding the risk of attending public worship.

Protocols

Valet parking services will not be provided.

Reservations will be required for all services.

Everyone will be required to wear a mask when at church. Anyone who comes to church without a mask will be given one. Wearing a face mask is mandatory.

Singing and the use of choirs are prohibited at this time.

Parishioners are encouraged not to congregate before or after the service.

Communion

All liturgies with public attendance will be the Holy Eucharist.

The clergy will wash their hands with soap and water before services and visibly use hand sanitizer before distributing communion.

Communion will be distributed in one kind. The common cup will not be offered.

Communicants will form a single file line with each communicant spaced six feet apart.

The priest will drop a wafer into a communicant’s cupped hands. Anyone who presents themselves and does not offer outstretched cupped hands will not be communicated.

Weekday Use of the Building

The Building will be available to the staff and parishioners. Staff scheduling appointments in the building will meet their guest at the Ellenwood door and escort them into the building.

Whenever possible, staff are encouraged to work from home in order that the number of employees physically present is minimized.

Staff will be required to take their temperatures and report the results every day they access the building. Staff must report the presence of cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, the new loss of taste or smell, and report if the employee has had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days to Marlene Kleffner.

Staff is required to wear face masks in the building as are all guests in the building at all times.

Social distancing of six feet must be maintained.

The kitchen will not be used to prepare food.