Returning to In Person Activities | An Update
The Session has just approved two policies to govern in-person activities.
Following general state guidelines for indoor gatherings, a maximum of 25 total attendees (including worship leaders) will be allowed to gather for indoor worship. In this initial phase––set to begin mid-May––priority will be given to those who have had unreliable or no access to our worship livestream. The following are just a few of the protocols we will have in place:
- Registration, including self screening per the guidelines outlined in our policy, will be required of all participants.
- All participants will be required to wear masks.
- All participants will be required to maintain a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing.
- Singing will not be allowed, however participation in responsive liturgy will be.
- Children under 13 will not be allowed to participate in indoor worship in this initial phase due to the difficulty for young children to maintain physical distancing.
Of course, our worship services will continue to be livestreamed as well, so everyone can participate. Outdoor worship will be scheduled approximately once per month, for up to 75 participants and open to anyone. Other socially-distanced outdoor fellowship opportunities are also being planned to take place over the next few months. More detailed guidelines and instructions regarding indoor and outdoor worship will be forthcoming.
IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES USE:
Use of our facilities for our own programming or by our affiliated community groups will also resume for small numbers of attendees, governed by safe practices and the state guidelines for general indoor gatherings. Again, accurate attendance records, masks, physical distancing, and related requirements will apply. Outdoor activities will be encouraged whenever possible.
The RIPA Advisory Group will continue to track and assess changes in COVID activity/statistics, state guidelines and vaccination status, and our policies/protocols will be adjusted as appropriate. Stay tuned for more information as we grow and implement our plans to again gather in-person. Additionally, it would be helpful if you would respond to our RIPA survey (below). The information gathered from the survey will help us as we monitor changes and suggest updates to our current practice and policy. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Karen Buda at firstname.lastname@example.org.