COVID Safety Procedures

Clarendon Presbyterian Church offers worship in the sanctuary as well as over Zoom and YouTube Live.  

We continue to gather in person with Zoom/ YouTube EXCEPT for the 1st Sunday of the month, which is entirely online. 

Masking is currently required throughout the building except in small groups with the door closed when all people are vaccinated and mutually agree to take off their masks.

Please see below for when masks become optional and eating returns.

When COVID rates drop below 10 per 100,000 persons in Arlington, we will have different masking policies for PreK hours and non-Prek hours. Please see below for updates. 

Masks are always optional outdoors.  

As a church, we highly encourage and recommend our members and friends to be fully vaccinated

If you are feeling sick, have been exposed to some with COVID, or have COVID, we ask that you do not worship in person with us. 


When community transmission rates are at 10 cases per 100,0000 for 14 consecutive days, Clarendon Presbyterian Church will engage in the next level of reopening procedures.  [April 3, 2022 is the earliest date this could happen.] Within these procedures, we emphasize to please not come to in person events if you are feeling unwell, have been recently exposed to COVID or if you have known COVID. We also request that you continue practicing six feet of distancing when possible and to take special care to respect the choices that others make with regards to masking.  If COVID levels significantly rise, the task force may reintroduce previous policies regarding masking, eating and gathering in person.

During Non-PreK hours (Before 8 am and after 6 pm, M-F; and all day Saturday and Sunday)

a. For all people, masks are optional for all except when singing (masks required) 

b. Fellowship time/ group meals are allowed. We encourage group eating events to be as distanced as possible from the main gathering for those who would prefer to wear masks. We encourage outdoor eating when possible. 

* The COVID task force and Pastor are able to make exceptions to wear masks or not wear masks, to eat or not to eat, for one time special requests. Masking required or optional as well as eating will be fully advertised for these special events."

During PreK Hours,  Monday-Friday from 8 am - 6 pm:

a. All people in common areas of the building must be masked.

b. When in non-common areas like classrooms and offices, all non-vaccinated people must be masked. The exception to this rule is for the preschool when eating or napping. 

b. When in non-common areas of the building, groups of fully vaccinated people may gather with the door closed without masks if all parties agree. When the group goes into the hallway, bathrooms, and other spaces, they will wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. 

Outdoors:   Masks are always optional outdoors. Eating is always permitted. 

More details/ guidelines for gathering in person


When we are meeting in person, 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. 

Procedures for return to in person Worship: 

  • When cases are above 10 per 100,000 people in Arlington, 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. 

  • Congregational singing with masks is allowed. 

  • 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.