COVID Safety Procedures

CLARENDON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

COVID POLICY UPDATED 11/14/21


Overview:

  • If the seven day average on the Thursday prior to worship total test positivity rate is below 4.5% in Arlington, we will hold in person worship.  (Starting November 21, 2021)

  • Church will be in person with high quality and interactive streaming on Zoom and YouTube every Sunday EXCEPT for the 1st Sunday of the month, which will be fully online.  Communion Sunday will be the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Please see the schedule on our worship page.

  • When the seven day average on the Thursday prior to worship has a total test positivity rate of below 2% in Arlington, we will return to fellowship time (coffee hour) following worship. 

Procedures for return to in person Worship: 

  • Properly fitted masks are required for everyone ages 2 and up while inside the building.

  • Those attending in person worship are asked to keep a distance of 6 feet from those outside of their household/ party.  Chairs are distanced to indicate where people should sit.  Please sit at the chairs with a hymnal on the seat. 

  • Congregational singing with masks will be allowed.  Most of the congregational singing will be moved towards the end of the service.

  • Those leading worship (preacher, liturgists, musician) are not required to wear masks while leading.

  • Removing masks for very short periods (drink a beverage, take communion) is allowed. 

  • When the weather permits, doors to the sanctuary will be kept ajar to allow for increased air flow. 

  • Please do not attend in person worship if you are feeling sick (and do not have a negative PCR COVID test) or someone within your household has COVID-19. 

  • If we learn that someone who has attended worship has tested positive for COVID-19, we will start quarantine protocols according to the Virginia Department of Health. 

Procedures for using Indoor/ Outdoor Space at Clarendon Presbyterian Church:

  • Clarendon Presbyterian Church will follow all Arlington County guidance with respect to capacity limits for both indoor and outdoor gatherings. For both inside and outside gatherings, the church requires that all individuals follow distancing guidelines. The actual capacity for the space is directly determined by the groups ability to maintain safe distancing per room. Clarendon Child Care Center may set their own COVID policies following rules for operating a childcare center in VA.

  • While inside the church, Clarendon Presbyterian Church requires mask wearing for all persons above the age of 2 in all rooms and spaces.   The exception to this rule is that mission groups, when approved by and scheduled by the Pastor, may hold indoor eating events. 

  • For the safety of others, CPC requests that all who are using indoor spaces open windows when possible (and close them afterwards) as well as clean high touch services after use.   

  • While in outside church spaces, especially when distancing is not possible, Clarendon Presbyterian Church strongly encourages individuals to wear masks.  

  • CPC also reminds any who are sick with any symptoms related to COVID-19 not to come to any in-person gatherings at church.

    If we learn that someone who has attended a church event has tested positive for COVID-19, we will start quarantine protocols according to the Virginia Department of Health.