COVID-19 Precautions

With the guidance of the St. Anna Medical Advisory Ministry the following COVID-19 precautions are in
place to allow us to continue to worship together as safely as possible. Our guidelines for doing this rely
on both the religious understandings and deep medical knowledge of our Ministry members.

Current Precautions

  • Participants in all services and/or small group activities will be asked to sign-in to take part of our contact tracing protocols, wear masks, practice hand hygiene, distance themselves (follow the “6-foot rule”), and exit through prescribed routes.
  • Participants will be asked to refrain from singing or chanting.
  • Sunday School will meet in designated areas, wear masks, and distance themselves.
  • Social hour, and other large social gatherings, are not allowed.
  • Food or drink is not allowed.
  • Church bulletins will be distributed digitally. Hymnals will not be available.
  • All spaces are sanitized and disinfected between services and other meetings.
  • Please stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you are sick, or have had a close unprotected exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Worship

  • Holy Communion and Antidoron will be administered as part of Liturgy following COVID-19 precautions.
  • All services will be livestreamed on YouTube.
  • In-person services on Tuesday will be restricted to parishioners who are 65 or older or have co-morbidities.
  • All other services are open to everyone for in-person worship. Observe the “6-foot rule” by allowing 4 chairs between household or family groups. An overflow area will be set up in the Fellowship area.

Other Meetings and Activities

  • Whenever you are in the building please wear a mask, maintain distancing using the “6-foot rule”, and practice proper hand hygiene (e.g. use hand sanitizer that is provided upon entering the building and at other times as needed).
  • The building will be opened for small group functions (e.g. bible study, Parish Council meetings, meetings of ministry leadership teams, operation of food distribution services, preparation of palms for Palm Sunday). Participants in small group meetings will be asked to wear masks, practice hand hygiene, and distance themselves.
  • The leader of the group will be asked to disinfect the premises following the meeting (materials will be provided).
  • Food preparation specific to church services (dyeing eggs, for example) will be resumed for Great Lent (using specified kitchens). Participants will be asked to wear masks, maintain proper hand hygiene, wear gloves, and to distance themselves.

Vaccination

A few important points from the CDC that you should know:

For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated you should still follow the CDC guidelines and take steps to protect yourself and others while in public (i.e. wearing a mask, distancing, hand hygiene). You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.

What We Know

We know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.

We know that other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed.

What We’re Still Learning

We’re still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.

As we know more, CDC will continue to update recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Vaccines are not yet approved for children. While children are at low risk for hospitalization or
death, approximately 10% of those infected may have persistent symptoms known as “long haulers” symptoms (fatigue, heart palpitations, other). Children are at risk for the serious, post-COVID inflammatory condition, known as MIS-C.

Until we know more about those questions, everyone — even people who’ve had their vaccines — should continue taking basic prevention steps when recommended.

More Information

For more information please refer to the current CDC Guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html