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The following recommendations were approved to return to more in-person activities in the wake of significant shifts in policy and guidance from the State of Ohio and the CDC.  These recommendations will go into effect beginning Sunday, June 6.  As policy and guidance from the State and the CDC continue to change, so too will our plan and guidelines.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (330) 376-5154 or at info@holytrinityakron.org.

Changes Related to Worship…

  • Persons who are ill in any way are asked not to attend worship in person.

  • Because we do not know who has been vaccinated and who has not been vaccinated, all in-person attendees are asked to wear a mask. Please bring your own mask. Only limited supplies will be available at each entry door.

  • Physical distancing will be determined by individual attendees. Those who are not vaccinated or who are hesitant are welcome to sit so as to be apart from other worshipers.

  • Attendees are encouraged to gather and greet one another outside prior to worship (weather permitting) rather than in the less-well-ventilated narthex or office lobby.

  • Bulletins will be available on paper and by download from the website (www.holytrinityakron.org).

  • Due to an inability to achieve effective air exchange in the sanctuary, attendees are asked not to sing until the percent vaccinated in Summit County reaches 75%[1] as recommended by the Center for Congregational Song, the American Choir Directors Association and other experts.[2] Spoken responses are encouraged and welcome.

  • Worship on June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12 will be held outdoors, weather permitting. We will sing at these services.

  • Holy Communion will be celebrated. Individual glasses will be used for wine; these must be picked up at the sanctuary entrance. Instructions for receiving the sacrament will be included in worship bulletins.

  • There will be no nursery available at this time.

  • Your tithes, gifts, and offerings may be placed in the offering plates near the sanctuary entrance doors; offering plates will not be passed during worship. They may also be mailed to the church or given on-line at www.holytrinityakron.org/giving.

  • The sanctuary will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each worship service.

  • Live-streaming of worship services will continue.

  • Post-worship fellowship will be celebrated each Sunday on the north lawn or in another suitable outdoor space, weather permitting. Individually wrapped snacks, fruits, and beverages will be available.

 
Changes Related to Meetings…

  • Meeting attendees who are not vaccinated are asked to mask. Those who wish to be cautious are also permitted to mask.

  • Meeting rooms must be scheduled at least two days in advance with the Parish Secretary so that spaces can be set up and thoroughly cleaned. This can be done by email (ademko@holytrinityakron.org).

  • As in worship, physical distancing is at the discretion of the attendees.

  • Windows and doors in meeting rooms are to be opened (weather permitting) to encourage cross ventilation.

  • Virtual meeting technology is still available. Team/committee/group leaders are asked to consider choosing either in-person or virtual gatherings as appropriate. (We do not currently have the technology to conduct hybrid meetings.)

 
Changes Related to Office and Other Building Use…

  • “Open to the public” office hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Staff will be available at other times by appointment and at their discretion, and may continue to work remotely as appropriate.

  • Current office cleaning protocols (surface wipe-downs, etc.) will remain in effect.

  • Only two persons are permitted in the restrooms at the same time.

  • New signage will be displayed throughout the church regarding these changes. 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all entrances and in meeting rooms.

 

[1] As of May 16, 46.2% of Summit County residents have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine, according to the data assembled by covidactnow.org.

[2] https://congregationalsong.org/covid-updates-congregational-song/