RETURNING TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP
The COVID-19 Task Force for the Episcopal Churches in the State of Georgia has been studying the complex issues affecting worshiping communities, including parishes, schools, and direct service ministries in Georgia...
... We agree the benefits of in-person gatherings are real and robust. We recognize the work of welcoming, caring, advocating, reconciling, praising, and loving as God loves us finds a particular energy in face-to-face fellowship. However, we also recognize the real risks associated with in-person gatherings are elevated given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These risks are serious and complicate our perception of what true hospitality will look like in 2020 and beyond.
Episcopal Diocese of Georgia
COVID-19 Safer Standards Indoor Services
-WHEN we come back together, this is HOW we do it-
Maximum Number of People
Up to 25 persons if square footage allows (i.e. 25 persons will not exceed the 10 person per 300 square feet condition) All numbers include clergy and lay worship leaders (NOTE: for Holy Nativity, this is a maximum of 20)
At least six (6) feet apart (including when at the altar) Every other pew/row of chairs cordoned off. Do not seat persons directly in front of/behind one another.
Length of the Service
Forty (40) minutes or less total in the space
One Way and Traffic Flow Markings
Yes. Idea is to keep people from crossing paths head-on; arrows in tape on the floor or signs may help direct traffic into and out of nave or worship space, into and out of seating, and similar.
Including name and contact information; can also include signing up for seat/placement locations
Assigned or Recorded Seating/Placement
This information is necessary for contact tracing so we may let people know if they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Church must have masks available for persons who do not bring their own; medical grade masks not required
Singing and/or Chanting
No; not safe at this time for anyone
Permitted while attending to safety Eucharist is permissible in bread only
Passing the Peace/Greetings
Touch free and maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance (waving, bowing, etc)
Emergency use only