We continue to monitor the CDC guidelines as the COVID-19 Pandemic evolves and changes. With the newest released CDC guidelines, we have made the following changes to our COVID protocols:
- Fully vaccinated guests will be allowed the choice of wearing face coverings or not in worship. A person is considered fully vaccinated no sooner than 14 days after receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- We ask that those who have not been vaccinated (including children and youth) to continue to wear appropriate face covering.
- We invite volunteers serving with children and youth to consider wearing face coverings.
- We will continue to practice social distancing and ask that you continue to register for worship so that we can prepare our sanctuary for you and record attendance for contact tracing purposes.
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Good Samaritan reopened Sunday, March 21st. We continue with one Sunday morning worship service at 10am. Should attendance deem it necessary to switch to two services, those service times will be announced via the website, Facebook, and Sunday announcements in advance.
In an effort to ensure Safety First, we will have signage throughout the building to remind all of safety protocols–social distancing requirements, protocols for proper washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers, directional signs on the floors where needed, etc. Hand sanitizer stations and stations with mask and gloves will be available throughout the church. In addition, much of the sanctuary seating has been removed to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Yes. These screenings will take place as you enter the Church Building from the parking lot. Screening will be required for everyone, including the staff, and will consist of a COVID questionnaire and a Temperature Screening using a touchless thermometer. If your answer to any of the questions on the questionnaire is “Yes” or your temperature is 100.4 or higher you will be asked to attend service from home via our live feed. —NO EXCEPTIONS for entry
On July 27th the CDC added to their guidelines a recommendation for “fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.” This change is due to the fact that fully vaccinated people can unknowingly pass the Delta variant to unvaccinated people.
As many of our members are unable to receive the vaccine we ask that everyone attending Church services and/or events, including children and youth, resume wearing a mask at all times while indoors.
More information on the CDC guidelines can be found HERE
Both face masks and gaiters will be allowed. The CDC suggests that both face masks and gaiters have 2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric that completely cover your nose and mouth. Both masks and gaiters should fit snugly against the sides of your face with no gaps.
Face coverings with vents will NOT be permitted.
Disposable masks will be available at the Screening Station upon entry. In addition, masks will be available at all hand sanitizer stations.
Given this unprecedented situation, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate these challenges as responsibly as we can. With our safety measures in place, we believe a key factor in our success in reopening will be our members and guests’ acceptance and adherence to our new protocols. Service will be live streamed on the website for guests who don’t feel comfortable wearing a mask. Guests without masks will not be allowed.
Although Good Samaritan has the ability to accommodate up to 90 people while still maintaining proper social distancing, we will be limiting service attendance to 50. Overflow seating will be available on the outdoor patio if capacity is reached on any given Sunday. If we continue to reach capacity with one service time, we will transition to two services.
Reservations to attend Sunday Worship are no longer required. All members and guests will still be required to complete a Contact Tracing Form before entering the sanctuary. We suggest submitting this form online ahead of time HERE. This will allow us to properly implement accurate contact tracing should we ever need to.
As soon as we are made aware of a positive COVID test, we will immediately begin our contact tracing process to identify anyone who has been in close contact per CDC guidelines (which means having been within 6 feet of a person with COVID for longer than 15 minutes during the previous 48 hours). Anyone who may have been exposed will be contacted immediately. Just as a reminder, the best way to avoid having this happen is by following all protocols for social distancing.
Will there be any changes to the worship service upon reopening? What adjustments have been made to ensure spaces are safe?
Yes, Good Samaritan is concerned about Safety First for our members and guest. Therefore, we will implement the following:
- A mask must be worn at all times for anyone that is 3 years of age or older.
- All sanctuary doors will be open for touchless entry prior to the start of service. Once service starts, some of the sanctuary doors may close for video or audio purposes.
- There will be no printed bulletins. Please refer to the website for church information.
- The number of chairs in the sanctuary will be reduced for greater social distancing. Although families from the same household may sit next to each other, we are asking that each family keep 3 seats between them and the next family in order to practice the physical distancing guidelines of the CDC.
- Congregational vocal participation will be limited. Therefore, song lyrics will not be placed on the screens.
- There will be an organized dismissal by sections in the sanctuary to limit crowding.
- Coffee will NOT be provided but you are welcome to bring some from home!
- Distinct entrances and exits to the building, arrows to direct traffic where needed.
Yes. Entrance into the building will only be allowed through the double doors facing the Academy. All other doors will remain locked and used as an exit only.
Yes. There will be a staggered dismissal and all through the patio doors in the sanctuary. Congregants are asked to not gather in the church hallways or parking lot in accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines.
Restrooms will be available. Hands must be washed before exiting and social distancing should be practiced while in the restrooms. Water faucets will not be available.
During this COVID-19 time, as always, God loves you and so do we.