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COVID-19 Protocols Summary

Last updated: October 25, 2022

Safety is a priority at Manchester United Methodist Church. This page contains the current COVID-19 protocols and guidance for Manchester UMC. Any changes to church protocols or guidance will become effective once they appear on this page.

IMPORTANT: If you test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms within 10 days of attending an in-person church-sponsored event or activity, please notify the ministry leader or the church office immediately so we can alert other participants.

All persons must self-screen BEFORE entering a Manchester UMC building or attending in-person activities sponsored by Manchester UMC. Self-screening is an act of love we do out of care and concern for each other. In general, if you are sick, please stay home and recover.

COVID-19 Screening Questions:


If you are able to answer NO to the following two questions, you may enter the building:

Have you received a positive COVID-19 test result within the last 5 days?

  • If YES, you may NOT enter the building until at least 5 days after you tested positive (day 0 is the day you were tested). Before entering the building, you must ALSO have been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication); AND any symptoms are improving or non-existent.

Have you experienced any COVID-19 symptoms within the past 24 hours?

  • If YES, you may NOT enter the building before receiving a negative COVID-19 test result, OR, you have been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication); AND your symptoms are improving or gone.

COVID-19 Screening Questions:

    • Masks are required if you have received a positive COVID-19 test within the past 10 days.
    • Masks are required if you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 10 days (day 0 is the day you were exposed). 
    • Masks are required in designated areas (e.g., certain staff offices). Those areas will be clearly marked with signage.
    • Masks are required for all Holy Communion servers.
  1. Masks are available to anyone who desires one.

Food and beverage protocols:


  1. Gloves must be worn by food and beverage servers as well as Holy Communion servers.
  2. Persons may bring food to meetings or groups for consumption during the meeting/group. With the exception of kitchen refrigerators, absolutley no food may be left in rooms/spaces after a meeting/gathering/group. 

Cleaning Protocols:


When using a room or space, please be sure to complete the following cleaning protocols before leaving:

  1. Clean/disinfect all tables and chairs and return them to where you found them (if moved). Most rooms have a bin with cleaner and towel. Please place dirty towels in basket by bin.
  2. Remove any food and beverages brought into the room or space.
  3. Remove any papers or supplies brought into the room or space.
  4. Turn off lights and close doors.




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