THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY

COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN

The COVID Protocol Team continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and the Delta variant, as well as the emerging Omicron variant. In August 2021, the Vestry approved a mitigation plan (see below) for worship as things get better or worse in the city. Its most recent revision is from January 2022. Our top priority is the health and safety of everyone in our community, and, as we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to be conservative in our mitigation measures in order to best care for our neighbors.


The overall risk rating is the highest rating for one or more of these categories. Philadelphia County is currently at HIGH RISK risk because the daily cases are in the CRITICAL category.


Our mitigation plan will follow the risk rating for Philadelphia County, PA from COVID Act Now. You can also check this website and see where things are headed and what might be coming in terms of worship at CHT. 


We will continue to require masks inside the building until all three of the following conditions are met:

  1. All metrics are green (i.e. adequate testing confirms no community spread in the city)
  2. Vaccines are available to all ages for at least 8 weeks
  3. Citywide vaccination rate above 70% (we are currently at 62%).


Vaccination should NOT be required to attend church, but might be required in some settings (i.e. for all church staff and choir members; for certain volunteers with public-facing duties; for congregants to attend youth groups, or to receive childcare).

COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN FOR WORSHIP

PHASE 5: EXTREME CAUTION

ANY EXTREME THRU 2+ CRITICAL statistics -

STREAMED CHURCH WITH 8 PARTICIPANTS, NO CONGREGATION

  • ONE 11AM service - attended only by the following team: 1 officiant, 1 musician, 1 reader, 1 camera person, 4 singers, streamed live in real-time

  • Morning Prayer service

  • All Participants will test before coming to the service (test provided by church)
  • Maximum distancing enforced, separating singers from other participants
  • Highest available masks used – masking at all times enforced.

PHASE 4: COMMUNITY CAUTION

1 CRITICAL THRU ALL HIGH statistics -

STREAMED CHURCH WITHOUT CONGREGATION

  • ONE 11AM service - attended only by participants, streamed live in real-time.
  • Social distancing (6 ft.) enforced.
  • Bread offered in pews (no wine) after sanitizing hands, to be eaten after the priest leaves congregant.
  • No indoor fellowship.

PHASE 3: COMMUNITY CARE

0-2 HIGH THRU 1-3 MEDIUM statistics -

STREAMED CHURCH WITH CONGREGATION, RESERVATIONS

  • ONE 11AM service - attended by participants and household pods by pew, streamed live in real-time
  • Social distancing (3 ft.) enforced.
  • Bread offered in pews (no wine) after sanitizing hands, to be eaten after the priest leaves congregant.
  • No in person youth groups. | No childcare.

PHASE 2: OPEN COMMUNITY

1-2 MEDIUM THRU 1-2 GREEN statistics

STREAMED CHURCH WITH CONGREGATION, WALK-UP ATTENDANCE

  • ONE 11AM service - attended by participants and household pods by pew, streamed live in real-time
  • Social distancing (3 ft.) enforced.
  • Bread offered in pews (no wine) after sanitizing hands, to be eaten after the priest leaves congregant.
  • No in person youth groups. | No childcare.

PHASE 1: WIDE OPEN COMMUNITY

ALL GREEN statistics

WIDE OPEN HEARTS, WIDE OPEN DOORS

  • TWO services - attended by anyone who wishes to enter the building, doors left open throughout service
  • General AND socially distanced seating area offered.
  • Wrist bands to indicate comfort interacting with others (red, yellow, green)
  • Communion offered at altar rail (wine offered when allowed by diocese). Bread only offered in pews in socially distanced seating area.
  • In person youth activities*** | In person childcare***
  • Changes to masking when vaccination availability and adoption hit benchmarks

***NOTE: after vaccines are available for 8 weeks - with rules set by staff providing this activity.


We will keep you updated as to which phase we are in - this will be posted to social media, on the website home page, and sent via email. You can also follow www.covidactnow.org to keep up to date.