Pandemic Information - First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church has a re-opening committee that is reviewing information and making preparations for reopening the church. This committee makes recommendations to Session on reopening the church and other activities. The primary directive of the committee is the safety of everyone involved.
Re-opening Criteria and Current Status
The decision to reopen the church will be based on the report of infection rates usafacts.org. The criteria for First Presbyterian Church are guided by Key Metrics for the COVID Suppression framework from the Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown School of Public Health. Currently, a recommendation for reopening will be made as a four week running average of weekly infection falls below 10 cases per 100,000. A recommendation to close may be made if infection rates exceed 15 cases per 100,000. The committee is reviewing these recommendations and assessing what approaches are appropriate as we learn more.
Current Status: Worshiping via Live Steam. On-line Sunday school and Bible study opportunities continue.
Updated: 24-Oct-2020 (click for detailed chart)
These criteria plus other information will be considered in the reopen decision.
Current Reopening Safety Procedures
You will be asked to notify the church (procedures to be announced later) of intent to attend
Members that have been in contact in the previous 14 days with someone that is sick are asked not to attend in person
If you are showing any symptoms of the disease you are asked not to attend
Only the South door will be opened
Masks are required
Social distancing is required
Your name will be recorded to allow for contact tracing should someone in attendance fall ill
The elevator will be operated using paper towels to reduce touch
Sitting areas in pews have been designated to ensure social distancing
Bathroom doors have been modified to allow opening and closing without touch
There will not be singing
You will be ushered out of the building as families after the service and allowed to socialize outdoors in the parking lot if you so desire--still observing mask and distancing rules
Following the service, the areas of the church used for the service will be closed for 72 hours to allow the areas to dissipate any virus brought into the church
Reopen Committee Members
The following individuals have been volunteering their time and effort to work on reopening. They may be reached for questions or comments through their contact information in the church directory or through the church office, who will pass information to the committee.
Don Feld (Chair)