COVID-19 Protocols Summary

COVID-19 Protocols Summary

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Last updated: May 16, 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.

COVID-19 Self-Screening (Required)

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:

  1. Have you received a positive COVID-19 test result within the last 10 days?
  1. Have you experienced COVID-19 symptoms within the last 5 days?
  1. Have you had a “close contact” (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over 24 hours) with someone who has COVID-19 within the last 5 days?

If your answer is “NO” to ALL of above screening questions, you MAY ENTER a church building and attend in-person activities. If your answer is “YES” to ANY of the above questions, you may NOT ENTER a church building or attend in-person activities, UNLESS AT LEAST ONE of the below three statements ALSO applies to you:

  1. I am “up-to-date” on my vaccinations (including initial dose(s) PLUS a booster); AND I have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 5 days; AND I have not had a fever within the past 5 days.
  1. I received a positive COVID-19 test result 5 to 10 days ago; AND I have been fever free for the past 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication); AND my symptoms are improving or non-existent.
  1. I received a positive COVID-19 test result within the previous 90 days (but not the past 10 days); AND I have not had a fever within the past 5 days.

Mask Protocols

  1. Masks are optional, but recommended, for indoor church spaces with the exception of the preschool area. Masks will be required in the preschool area for those ages 3 and older during the week of May 16, 2022 due to recent positive Covid-19 cases within our preschool community. Masks are available to anyone who desires one.
  2. In support of persons and families who need/prefer a space where masks are worn, masks are required in the Sanctuary Balcony (except the media booth/office).
  3. Persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 10 days; OR who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 10 days; OR who have had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 within the past 10 days, will wear a well-fitting mask when around other persons (regardless of vaccination status).
  4. Masks are required for all Holy Communion servers.

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.

If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact Sherri Estes at 636.200.4723.

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