It is with a very heavy heart that I have to report to you that the number of infections in Dubuque County has recently more than doubled. As of August 16, 2021, the current level of risk for a gathering of 50 people is at 14%. We will therefore be discontinuing in-person services and will resume meeting over Zoom as of THIS SUNDAY (Aug. 22nd). We will be back to meeting through Zoom only. In-person services will resume when the risk level is at 10% or below for at least 10 consecutive days.

Zoom Details

 

Building Re-Opening Criteria

Based on research and recommendations, the building will stay closed until either of the following requirements have been met (whichever comes first):

  • There have been 0 new cases of Covid in Dubuque County for at least two consecutive weeks.  See Iowa Positive Case Analysis for details.
  • The vaccine is widely available and the risk for a gathering of 50 people be at 10% or lower for at least 10 days before reopening for services.  See Risk Assessment Tool for details.

 

Guidelines for In-Person Gatherings

  • Only individually packaged food.
  • Try to limit to one person in the bathroom at a time.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for preventative actions.
  • Notify a board member if you test positive for Covid (your name will not be shared).
  • Limited use of church buildings may be permitted with Board approval.  Please contact Gail Guenther with your request so the Board knows how many and when people will be in the building, and she will notify you of the Board’s decision.

For everyone’s safety, you are asked to stay home if you:

  • Are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Have had exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the prior 14 days.
  • Have been in more than brief contact with multiple unrelated individuals indoors (such as when traveling, or other group gatherings) in the last 14 days.

Guidelines for Services

  • Masks encouraged for unvaccinated, others can choose
  • Hand sanitizer will be available
  • Usher to social distance
  • Distanced seating and respectfully keeping distance when not sitting
  • Singers allowed on stage, but no congregational singing
  • Collection basket near the door instead of being passed around
  • Mic on a boom on stage for joys, sorrow, and concerns.  Option to write down and pass to facilitator if you don’t want to talk into the mic.
  • Stand in place to do closing
  • Can have drinks and individually packaged (or individually served) snacks
  • Encourage socializing outdoors rather than indoors
Guidelines for Indoor Small Group Gatherings
  • Ask participants if they wish people to wear masks
  • Maintain social distance
  • No singing