Pandemic Attendance Procedures

These guidelines are regularly updated to reflect the latest directives from the Archdiocese and guidance from our civil authorities.

Stay home if:

  • You do not feel safe to attend in a closed space and in proximity to other people.
  • You or someone in your immediate household
    • has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not fully recovered, as confirmed by a medical professional;
    • is running a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher;
    • has a cough;
    • has shortness of breath;
    • otherwise feels unwell; or
    • have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days (refer to CDC guidelines for other symptoms that may indicate infection).

While at Church, please observe the following guidelines:

  • According to Metropolitan Joseph’s directives: “We continue to advise the faithful to wear masks when coming to the church and keeping them on, especially when moving about before and after services or when coming for Holy Communion. If the faithful need to remove them while in place during the divine liturgy or other services for short periods of time to get some air, that is fine, but in general they should continue to be worn at all times.”
  • The offering basket will be in the narthex rather than passed. Leave your financial offering there or deliver it by electronic transfer or mail.
  • Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) or use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will be available in the narthex.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and others outside your immediate household – one household per row is a good rule of thumb.
  • According to Metropolitan Joseph’s directives: “We will continue to offer Communion according to our Tradition, but all should allow the priest to pour the Body and Blood by opening their mouths wide and not closing their lips on the spoon.”
  • Avoid congregating in the nave or narthex – after the service please exit the building in an orderly fashion maintaining a six-foot separation between people.

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