THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY

COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN

The Re-Entry Committee continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and the Delta variant. In August, the Vestry approved a mitigation plan (see below) for worship as things get better or worse in the city. 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.


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

COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN FOR WORSHIP

PHASE CRITICAL

ANY EXTREME THRU 2+ CRITICAL statistics -

ALL VIRTUAL CHURCH

Service is remotely pre-recorded by all participants, edited together in advance,

scheduled to stream.


PHASE RED

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 ORANGE

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 YELLOW

1-2 MEDIUM THRU 1-2 GREEN statistics

STREAMED CHURCH WITH CONGREGATION, WALK-UP ATTENDANCE (Re-Opened Here)

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 GREEN

ALL GREEN statistics

“CHURCH-A-PALOOZA” - 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.