THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY

COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN

The COVID Protocol Team continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and subsequent varients. 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 May 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.

 

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. 

 

Vaccination is not required to attend church, but being up-to-date on vaccination under CDC guideline is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. All church staff, paid & volunteer choir members, and paid child care workers are required to be up to date on vaccination under CDC guidance. In other settings/for other activities vaccination may be required (i.e. for all church staff and choir members working at Holy Trinity; for rental groups that present higher risk; certain volunteers with public-facing duties; for congregants to attend youth groups; or to receive childcare).

COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN FOR WORSHIP

LOW RISK

ALL LOW statistics -

IN-PERSON AND STREAMED CHURCH, MASKS ENCOURAGED

  • Communion bread offered in stations at front of aisle (wine offered to a single family by sign-up).
  • In-person youth activities for young people with up-to-date vaccination. In-person childcare.
  • Indoor coffee hour and fellowship.

MORE RISK

ANY MEDIUM statistics -

IN-PERSON AND STREAMED CHURCH, MASKS REQUIRED

  • High quality masking required (KN-95s provided)
  • Social distancing enforced.
  • Communion bread offered in pews after sanitizing hands (wine offered to a single family by sign-up).
  • In-person youth activities for young people with up-to-date vaccination. In-person childcare.
  • Outdoor fellowship as weather allows.

HIGH RISK

TWO OR MORE MEDIUM or ANY HIGH statistics -

IN-PERSON AND STREAMED CHURCH, MASKS REQUIRED, RAPID TESTS ENCOURAGED

  • High quality masking required (KN-95s provided).
  • Negative rapid tests are strongly encouraged.
  • Communion bread offered in pews after sanitizing hands (wine offered to a single family by sign-up).
  • No in-person youth/children programming. No childcare.
  • Outdoor fellowship as weather allows.

IMMEDIATE RISK (VESTRY DISCRETION)​​​​​​​

  • Service is streamed live with only participants in attendance.
  • Testing and other guidance for safety may be in place.
  • Outdoor fellowship as weather allows, commencing shortly after the end of services.
  • In the event of a significant outbreak in Philadelphia, the Vestry (with a recommendation from the Protocol
    Committee and input from the Rectors) will determine if services will shift to virtual only, and for what duration.

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.