Safe Church Covid Update – June 10, 2021

Safe Church Covid Update – June 10, 2021

Dear Fair Streeter,

The Safe Church Team has continued to meet regularly for the past year as we have been monitoring the coronavirus pandemic, the impact and looking forward with protocols and safety precautions for the Fair Street Community. This week we spent time on Zoom to update the protocols for Fair Street Church and all the ministries, grounds, and buildings.

In listening to science, following guidelines, and being aware of the current numbers and positivity rates in Ulster County, we share these updates with you. It is important to note that these are subject to change at any given time provided the number of cases and positivity rates rise.  We know this is a lot of information, but we felt it important to share these with you as we move forward and hope you take time to read through the following updates.

We also are living into the honor system, that per the CDC guidelines and State requirements, if you are not vaccinated, masks are still required.

Fair Street Nursery School

  • Students are now permitted to be outdoors during play time without masks. Masks are still required for teachers and students indoors.

Fairly New Thrift Shop

  • The window AC units are being installed this week, and (4) air purifiers are being set up help circulate the air up to five times per hour. Two will be on the first floor and two on the second floor. Masks will still be required.
  • The indoor mask requirement for all customers remains in place until further notice.
  • Because of the small, condensed space of the Thrift Shop vaccinated volunteers:
    • When no customers are present may lower their masks. Once a customer enters the shop, masks go up.
    • When working in the office/sorting area with no interaction with the public, masks can be lowered.
    • Again, when customers come in, or a volunteer receives donations and/or interacts with the public, masks go up.
  • Non-vaccinated persons are expected and required to always wear a mask.
  • Please note that these rollbacks are subject to change at any given time provided the number of cases and positivity rate rises.

Worship

  • Beginning June 20, once you are seated, vaccinated persons, as you feel comfortable can lower your mask. Please wear your masks to/from your seats.
  • Following the CDC guidelines, the recommendation is that children 2yo+ who are not vaccinated are required to wear their masks indoors.
  • We will continue the sign in upon entering worship.
  • We will continue remaining physically distant and spread out throughout the sanctuary.
  • Once outdoors after worship, as you feel comfortable and if you are vaccinated, you can go mask free
  • Please note that these rollbacks are subject to change at any given time provided the number of cases and positivity rate rises.
  • Non-vaccinated persons are expected and required to always wear a mask.

Persons in the Church/Education Building during the week

  • Because the building provides larger, better ventilated space we feel that if you are vaccinated, and in the building with ten or less vaccinated persons, masks can be lowered. (This is different than ministry team meetings, but more for VBS planning and preparation, buildings, and grounds work, etc.)
  • When the Fair Street Nursery School is in session, please wear a mask when passing by the doors/hallway.
  • Please continue to use hand sanitizer
  • Please note that these rollbacks are subject to change at any given time provided the number of cases and positivity rate rises.
  • Non-vaccinated persons are expected and required to always wear a mask.

Vacation Bible School

  • As we prepare for VBS, we will continue to watch the numbers in the region as the safety of the children who are not able to be vaccinated at all, are our priority.
  • It is our hope that by shortening the time to two hours and with being outdoors, we will be able to be mask free for children and all vaccinated adults.
  • We will not be offering a snack station, but we will be sending a snack home with the children each day.
  • Singing for opening and closing of each day has not yet been decided.
  • Please note that these rollbacks are subject to change at any given time provided the number of cases and positivity rate rises.
  • Non-vaccinated persons are expected and required to always wear a mask.

Two final thoughts:

  • All ministry teams meetings will remain on Zoom for the duration of the summer. The Safe Church Team will revisit this in the fall.
  • It is our hope that by the fall that we will be able to resume singing and coffee hour, provided the numbers of cases and positivity rates allow.

Peace,

Todd Levinson, Chair, Peter Boyle, Cathy Maletta, Peggy Ploss, Bev Rigney and Pastor Kendra

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