The OPEN THE CHURCH TASK FORCE has been diligent in providing guidelines for mitigation measures for Bower Hill Community Church. It has relied on information from the CDC, health care professionals and other community-based individuals. Since Palm Sunday the church has been open for in person worship. We have seen a gradual increase in attendance by those individuals and families that feel comfortable attending. Based on information gathered from those attending as well as the CDC, the Task Force feels comfortable making the following changes.
We continue to affirm the decision to attend worship in person should be based on the comfort level of you and your family as well as your vaccination level. On-line worship will continue to be available.
1.) CDC GUIDANCE:
“To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.”
Beginning Sunday April 19, Clergy and Lectors will not be required to wear masks in the chancel area as they will be over 20’ from the congregation. Both Rev. Snyder and Rev. Leasure will have been fully vaccinated.
2.) CDC GUIDANCE:
“The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus. It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low”
Hymnals and Bibles will once again be placed in the pew racks. However, we shall continue to prohibit singing and speaking by the congregation as a part of the service.
3.) HOSPITAL PROTOCOLS:
Hospitals in our area have discontinued temperature checks prior to admitting visitors.
Beginning Sunday April 19, temperature checks will be eliminated prior to entrance to the sanctuary. Also, all doors, aisles and rest rooms will be available with the reminder to observe social distancing.