Forward Together

A Step-by-Step Guide to Re-Opening Activities at Good Shepherd

REVIEWED BY GOOD SHEPHERD’S COVID-19 TASK FORCE AND APPROVED BY GOOD SHEPHERD’S BOARD

PHASE 1: Stay Home


Criteria:
Infection rate not going down, but stabilizing in the area around Good Shepherd, confidence in health system to handle capacity.

Good Shepherd’s Response

  • All in-person worship suspended
  • All in-person gatherings suspended
  • Worship Services and Resources available online

PHASE 1.5


Criteria:
Infection Rate Rising and concern for health system being overwhelmed

Good Shepherd’s Response

  • Church group gatherings of < 10 can ask to meet (outside preferred) but will be determined on a case by case basis, masks and registration required
  • People over 65 or with underlying health conditions are encouraged to stay home per CDC recommendations
  • Baptisms, funerals, weddings to be considered (outside preferred) but will be determined on a case by case basis, masks & registration required
  • Worship Services considered outside only, with social distancing, masks and registration mandatory. Streaming of services online remains the primary way of providing worship

PHASE 2: Stay Safe


Criteria:
A clear downward trajectory in the number of reported symptoms, confirmed cases and/or positive test for COVID-19 for 2 consecutive weeks. Infection Rate stabilizing, confidence in health system to handle capacity.

Good Shepherd’s Response

  • All in-person worship suspended
  • Church group gatherings of < 10 permitted (outside preferred), masks and registration required
  • People over 65 or with underlying health conditions not recommended to gather
  • Baptisms, funerals, weddings with < 50 people allowed, masks & registration required
  • Worship Services and Resources available online

PHASE 3: Stay Cautious


Criteria:
A clear downward trajectory in the number of reported symptoms, confirmed cases and/or positive tests for 2 consecutive weeks

Good Shepherd’s Response

  • Explore in-person worship opportunities with < 25% capacity,
    no more than 100 people, masks & registration required
  • Explore in person gatherings < 25 (indoor) and < 250 (outdoor) w/safety precautions
  • People over 65 or with underlying health conditions not recommended to gather
  • Baptism, funerals, weddings with < 25% capacity, no more than
    100 people, masks & registration required
  • Worship Services and Resources available online

PHASE 4: Stay Alert


Criteria:
Infection rate decreasing, widespread testing available. Moving toward herd immunity and/or vaccine

Good Shepherd’s Response

  • In-person worship resources return with precautions
  • In-person gatherings resume with precautions
  • Baptisms, funerals, weddings resume with precautions
  • Worship services and Resources available online

What do I need to do to meet in person at church during Good Shepherd’s COVID-19 Guidelines?

Registration and Contact Tracing for Events

  • Groups wanting to meet should send a request to reopen@gslcwi.com. The request should include these six elements: time, date, campus, organizer name, estimated amount of people, purpose.
  • If the event is approved, the event will be put on the calendar and Donna Maysack dmaysack@gslcwi.com will create a registration form in Breeze. Donna will reach out to the group leader about the form.
  • All participants attending an event indoors will be required to take a temperature check and check in upon arrival. The group leader will need to secure a forehead thermometer from Rick Thomas rthomas@gslcwi.com and perform the temperature checks, along with a check-in form to be done electronically or on paper. Temperature checks are not required for outdoor events.

Health and Safety Requirements

  • No more than 10 people can meet at the same time.
  • All people over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask, and children age 2-4 are highly recommended to wear one as well.
  • All people must make a good faith effort to remain at least 6 feet from one another.
  • No food is allowed inside the building.
  • People 65 and older, and other vulnerable populations with underlying health conditions, are encouraged to stay home per CDC recommendations.

People are asked to stay or return home if any of the following applies:

  • Have a fever of 100.4 or higher.
  • Have had a fever of 100.4 or higher or other potential symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath or persistent dry cough, within the last 72 hours.
  • Have had close contact with others who have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Close contactis defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • If someone attending the event finds out they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of their participation in the event, the person will need to call Good Shepherd Lutheran Church during normal business hours to let them know. Good Shepherd will then contact everyone who was participating in the event.

Outside groups using Good Shepherd’s facilities during Phase Two will be required to follow the same rules set forward in this document.

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