We continue to be vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, ministry and the work of the gospel continues. In an effort to provide clearer guidance to staff, lay leadership, and community partners, a phased re-opening plan has been developed to guide decisions and planning. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, state and local public health experts, as well as consult regularly with Zumbro’s COVID Advisory Team on an ongoing basis. This proposal is not a timeline, as much as it is a road map for what kinds of ministries we may engage in as conditions change in the coming months.
PHASE 3 – Adult Small Group/Meetings and Outside Small Groups
March 2021 – Widening availability of adult small group gatherings for those who are healthy, and not in high-risk categories. Potential for small group gatherings of those in higher-risk populations with vaccination. Masks, social distancing, and sanitation of spaces between groups required.
Examples: Parenting small groups, young adult groups, Anonymous groups, Falu’s string studio
Large Group Confirmation classes resume in person
In-person Faith Formation opportunities available in the gym.
No food or beverages shared. Individual beverages may be enjoyed while mostly masked.
Team and Staff Meetings can resume in person.
Phase 3 can be enacted when positive test results are sustained below 5% for at least 7 consecutive days.
PHASE 4 – Limited Larger Groups
Beginning April 11, 2021 – Worship with masks and social distancing of 100 or less.
Weddings and funerals of 100 or less. No receptions or food or beverages shared.
Music still limited based on Health Department recommendations.
Consider use of building for other community groups (20 or less) based on availability.
Phase 4 can be enacted when positive test results are sustained below 5% for four weeks.
PHASE 5 – Return to Full Building Use
Based on recommendation of public health officials, public gatherings are deemed as safe as they were pre-pandemic.
Church schedule of full events, with full participation resumes.
Concerts, large congregational events, regular worship, and gatherings with food.