As summer ends, we look forward to gathering together for worship, fellowship, ministries, and more. In this ever-shifting COVID landscape, staying safe and keeping others safe is paramount. Recognizing that the people of our congregation and community have differing needs and differing understandings and comfort levels of acceptable risk, we will have ways to gather for worship and other activities both indoors and outdoors, as well as on line.
We ask that you follow the guidelines set forth below, consistent with those provided by the CDC and DC city government. We will notify you as guidelines change.
When you gather indoors at St. Columba’s for any reason – worship, meetings, fellowship, rehearsals, classes, etc. - you will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
To assist with contact tracing, everyone must register for indoor gatherings and events.Parishioners and guests will be asked to check in either at one of our brand new kiosks placed throughout the building, or to check in online. We will keep it simple and easy for all.
We have increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning, including regular sanitization of door handles, sink handles, refrigerator handles, handrails, touch screens, and other frequently touched areas. We added alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the building and we have personal protective gear, such as masks, readily available for any guest that may need them.
As we take measures to ensure the safety of others, we ask you to do the same: If you are eligible to be vaccinated, we ask that you do so before gathering indoors, and to follow the guidelines set forth here.
When worshipping or gathering outdoors, wearing a mask is at your comfort or discretion. When gathering for a St. Columba’s activity not held on St. Columba’s property, please check with the host or organizer.
If you are experiencing cold-related symptoms, please stay home. If you suspect you have COVID-19 or have come in contact with COVID-19, please email Alisha Felder or Tony Kittrell immediately. A notice to all individuals who came in contact with said person will be notified via email without mentioning name. The Operations team will arrange a medical grade cleaning of the area and contact tracing will begin. If you have contracted COVID-19 and tested positive, you will need to quarantine for two weeks and not participate in St. Columba’s activities, e.g., choirs, youth group, etc. until you have tested negative.
Thank you very much for your attention and care.
*These guidelines are based on what similar businesses, organizations, and churches are doing in the area. Business and Employment firm VedderPrice also reviewed