Since the start of the pandemic, the goal of the Responsible Building Use Task Force has been to keep staff, church members, and visitors safe. Safety continues to be the priority of Westminster’s Covid protocols. Early in the pandemic the focus was on protecting elders, given their high vulnerability. Now the emphasis has shifted to children under five who cannot yet be vaccinated and have been more susceptible to contracting recent Covid variants.
The measures taken at Westminster to lower the risk of transmission of Covid are based on local, CDC-determined risk levels, which are issued weekly. Hennepin and Ramsey counties have returned to a Low Risk level, which means the following protocols will return on Monday, June 6:
- In order to protect children under five who cannot yet be vaccinated, masks will be required in any WPC space where under-fives are expected to be present, including Sunday morning worship. Signs will be posted outside any room on Sunday that is mask optional, so those entering can make their own decisions. During the 10:30 service we will provide a mask-optional space where people can worship via the livestream.
- Food and beverage may be served indoors at any event where under-fives are not present, using existing industry safety standards for food and beverage WPC has always followed.
- Room capacity limits will be lifted except in spaces where under-fives are expected to be present, when it will be 50% of capacity.
- Communion may be offered in the pews or by intinction with pre-packaged individual servings also available.
- Singing will continue and masks will be required where under-fives are expected be present, including Sunday morning worship.The choir will also continue to wear masks during Sunday worship.
- Offering plates may be passed in the pews.
To see the complete plan and list of protocols, read the plan online.