A five step plan to allow a safe, gradual return to corporate worship
The following plan was developed by the St. Mark’s Re-gathering Task Force, taking into account local and state rates of virus spread, CDC guidelines, local and state government re-opening guidelines, and protocols developed by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. This plan was created with the intent of safely bringing our church community together again and includes protective measures to safeguard the health and well-bring of our fellow parishioners, while also honoring their spiritual needs. This plan provides for moving between steps with fewer restrictions as virus activity data allows. The decision-making criteria for a step forward will be a sustained decline in the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Please refer to each step for the specific gating criteria. This is an evolving situation that will require flexibility; movement between levels may occur in either direction based on virus activity.
Below are highlights of Step 3; you can use the button below to download the plan in its entirety.
St. Mark’s entered this step as of May 31, 2020 due to the re-opening of the state and county and nominal positive cases of COVID-19 in our area. St. Mark’s took a step backward on July 2, 2020 due to the increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in our area. St. Mark’s will be moving forward again into step 3 on August 30, 2020.
STEP 3 HIGHLIGHTS
- Limited gatherings (75 in-person maximum per service) with protective measures and protocols in place.
- Several in-person services are held in the church and/or outdoors, moving towards modified Communion.
- Increased number of choir members, musicians and lay participants.
- Children’s chapel and nursery are not available at this time.
- Governance and program committees, adult education, Sunday school, Bible study, youth and community groups of 10 or fewer people may consider meeting in-person indoors. Groups of 25 or fewer non-vulnerable people may also meet outdoors.
- Pastoral care takes place by telephone, online and scheduled in-person visits at the rector’s discretion. People in high-risk categories should meet by phone or online.
- Weddings, funerals and baptisms are conducted on a limited basis inside the church with 50 or fewer family members present, following proper protocols.
- Staff may return to workspaces on campus.
- Church offices are open with physical distancing protocols, mandatory face masks and proper sanitization measures in place.
- The Red Lion Gift Shop opens with physical distancing protocols and face masks required.
Previous updates from St. Mark's:
- August 26 - click here
- July 20 - click here
- July 3 - click here
- June 11 - click here
- May 28 - click here
- May 22 - click here
- May 14 - click here
- May 6 - click here
- April 23 - click here
- April 2 - click here
- March 18 - click here
- March 12 - click here
- March 5 - click here