2/12/2022: Updated COVID Recommendations
The Healthy at Church Advisory Team continues to monitor the conditions of COVID transmission in our local area and in accordance with CDC Guidelines. While we are all COVID and mask-fatigued, positive cases ARE occurring in our church family.
The Healthy at Church Advisory Team continues to STRONGLY RECOMMEND:
Indoor Activities at MCC Including Worship
- Members, staff, and visitors are strongly recommended to wear masks covering your nose and mouth regardless of vaccination status, for all indoor church activities, e.g. worship, small group meetings, appointments, etc.
- Masks are available at entry to the church building.
- If individuals choose not to wear a mask, they are asked to practice social distancing from those not living in their household.
- Recommendations for masks apply to ages 12 – adults.
- Children 4 years old-5th grade will be required to mask throughout the building.
- Children 2 -3 years old, masks are optional
- The MCC Children’s Ministry mask policy, mirrors that of the licensed MCC preschool.
- Worship participants are asked to social distance in the chancel and wear masks when not participating in worship.
- Staff are asked to wear masks when interacting with other staff in common areas and with visitors in the building.
Choir & Praise Band Rehearsals and Performance
- As noted, individuals participating in activities in the building are strongly recommended to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
- Singing masks are an option.
- Individuals participating in rehearsals are asked to practice social distancing in the choir loft and in the chancel area for rehearsal and performance.
- Music directors will provide guidance for rehearsals.
- All staff and volunteers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to mask at all times while working with children.
- Children, age birth-5 years (those not in kindergarten), are not required to wear masks, masks are optional
- Children, kindergarten age -5th grade, are required to mask throughout the building.
- The Children’s Ministry mask policy mirrors that of the MCC licensed preschool.
- Parents/guardians/others are required to mask in children’s wing when dropping off and picking up children.
- Preschool staff will be required to mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
- Parents and others are asked to mask when in the Children’s Wing and in other common spaces.
Vaccinations and Boosters
- Vaccination is required for all MCC staff members as well as volunteers in Children’s Ministries areas.
- Individual staff not currently vaccinated, are responsible for weekly COVID testing, at personal expense. The results are to be submitted to their supervisor.
- Staff are to monitor for signs and symptoms of illness (temperature, congestion, fatigue, etc.) and decline to work on days for which signs and symptoms are evident.
Actions following Exposure to someone with COVID-19/any variant/subvariant:
If fully vaccinated:
- If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. [ Close Contact: Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.] Learn more about close contact.
- You should also wear a mask around others for 10 days following exposure.
- If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
- You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
If not fully vaccinated:
- Not fully vaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, should quarantine.
- Stay home for 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- Monitor for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
Difference between use of terms of quarantine and isolate:
If you were exposed:
Quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
If you are sick or test positive:
Isolate when you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.