COVID Preparedness Plan for Safely Reopening 

Below is the critical information we need you to know about the coming months. A longer, detailed COVID Safety Plan has been put together by Westwood staff, public health experts, and facilities/HVAC experts and approved by Council, but this summarizes the basics for you.

 

Following the lead of our public schools, we are basing our phases on the same MN Dept of Health metrics. We are making intended plans but will change those plans as needed based on case counts or other safety factors. We have added elements to our HVAC system in consultation with air exchange experts to make our air as clean and safe as possible.

      For October and November, we have currently planned for and are operating in Phase II

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Details of this phase related to programming and building use:

  • Our building will continue to be locked for the safety of our WECC students and staff, and any entrance into the building must be coordinated and planned through Westwood staff.

  • There will be some limited in-person worship services, with distancing, no congregational singing, masks, and other precautionary measures (outlined in worship guidelines document), with online worship continuing.

    • Planned worship service dates and times listed below. Worship, funerals, and weddings are capped at 100 people to allow for physical distancing; registration required for all indoor and outdoor services and activities.

    • Baptisms continue in the sanctuary with groups of 20 or fewer, or at outdoor services.

    • Emphasis on outdoor services when possible.

    • A few of our worship-related ensembles will be rehearsing in small groups with all protocols from COVID Safety Plan in place.

  • Online and outdoor meetings (masked and distanced) are preferred. Indoor meetings will be considered on a limited case-by-case basis after ionization equipment is installed.

    • Must be scheduled through Administrative Coordinator

    • No entrance through Door 2 during dropoff/pickup times for WECC

    • Everyone entering the building must follow building guidelines outlined in COVID Safety Plan.

    • Meeting time limits, the time between activities, and new room capacity limits will be implemented.

  • For any Westwood-sponsored activity, participants must complete a Covenant of Care agreement (i.e. will not attend if you have symptoms or exposure). If you are diagnosed with COVID within 10 days of attending a Westwood service or activity, you must fill out a COVID Self-Report Form on our website.

  • Program staff is working remotely, and some office staff have limited office hours; all are reachable by e-mail and Westwood voicemail during business hours.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming in-person worship and activities:

Sunday, October 18

3 PM + 4:30 PM

OUTDOOR

30 min. worship with Communion (served in individual, pre-packaged cups) at Wolfe Park Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater (St. Louis Park)

Sunday, November 1

9 AM + 11 AM

INDOOR

All Saints service (watch e-news for plans and precautions)

Sunday, November 22

OUTDOOR

guided gratitude walk and worship in Westwood parking lot (watch e-news for plans and precautions)

Watch for a one-question survey, coming October 15 in e-news, as we look at planning for the winter months!

You have all been in our prayers constantly these past six months, and while we have had various contact with many of you, know that we are ALL the body of Christ for one another and for the world at this time. Our central Christian message—that death and destruction are real but never the final word, and God is always turning death into life—is so needed in these times, and we are grateful that our identity rests in that hope and resurrection together as a church. May we be that Body of Christ to one another and all God’s people and creation in these times.

 

+The Westwood Staff and Council

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