COVID-19 Practices &

Guidelines for

Reopening the Church Building

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Update - May 20, 2021

On Thursday afternoon, May 20, Immanuel's Session (governing board) announced plans to slowly return to in-person worship beginning, Sunday, June 6, 2021. 
Click here for the letter. 
The information below shares the guidelines that will continue to help lead this process.  
Worship

Worship is central to the life of Immanuel Presbyterian Church.  

The congregation currently worships virtually at 10:00 on Sunday mornings and at other times for special holy days. 

The building remains closed for worship (until June 6 - see above) and other church activities. 

Join us for Virtual Church School and Coffee Hour following worship each Sunday morning at 11:15.  

Go to the main Immanuel webpage

for all the current links for virtual worship and other church events.

Recordings of past services can be found here

Guidelines for Reopening the Church Building

 

The Session (church leadership board of elders and ministers) has established the COVID-19 Advisory team (CAT) to provide guidance and recommendations for reopening church facilities.  Because the disease progression is imperfectly known, guidance and recommendations may need to change from time to time, and movement back and forth within the reopening plans should be accommodated for the purpose of preserving public health and safety and mitigating transmission of COVID-19 within church facilities that could be disruptive to Immanuel's mission.  Criteria for resumption of activities and precautions taken will be reassessed as the COVID-19 situation evolves locally, nationally and around the world.  

 

With these qualifications and conditions, the COVID-19 Advisory team recommended and the Session approved the following:

  • adoption of the Wisconsin Council of Church’s January 14, 2021 Holding Our Plans Loosely: Returning to Church 2.0 document as a guide for reopening, including the Wisconsin data for the “safest” reopening to watch for before resuming any indoor gatherings:

    • Vaccination rates to reach 70-85+% of the population

    • New COVID-19 cases to be less than 1/100k

    • COVID test reporting to be less than 5% positive

  • direct the CAT to move forward with an air quality analysis in the church building to determine if updates are needed to the HVAC system,

 

  • direct the CAT to produce occupancy diagrams incorporating best practices for socially distanced group assembly, and update the same as occupancy limits, spacing parameters, or other COVID protocols are updated by the source data (below), CDC, and the City of Milwaukee.

Guideline Sources

 

Wisconsin Council of Church’s Holding Our Plans Loosely: Returning to Church 2.0: https://www.wichurches.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Holding-Our-Plans-Loosely-Returning-to-Church-2-3.pdf

 

Vaccination data: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm

 

Daily new cases: https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/

 

Daily positive COVID tests: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/data.htm#result