We are taking another “baby step” toward a more normal church life. We are not yet returning to the way things were; we do not plan to keep these conditions forever. The COVID-19 statistics are going up and down; we will adapt to the changes all around us. The underlying principle is that our personal freedom to worship is limited by our responsibility to those around us.
1. Anyone with any symptoms of any illness (COVID-19 or otherwise) must stay home and is encouraged to watch the services by means of live streaming. Those over 65 may attend, but they are advised of their higher risk.
2. No need to pre-register to attend; however, social distancing will be enforced. Families that live together may sit together, but 6 feet between groups. In the church, please occupy the area in an available pew that has GREEN tape. Please do not stand or sit where there is RED tape. If the church fills, then late-comers will be encouraged to watch the live stream in the Cathedral Center and may receive Holy Communion at the end of the service.
3. Everyone over the age of 10 years old must wear a mask and it must be worn properly covering the nose and mouth. If you do not bring one, a mask will be given you at church. Reusable masks are available for purchase from Philoptochos (10 dollars cash, check to Philoptochos or email IOU to firstname.lastname@example.org).
4. Someone will take your temperature when you enter. Someone will take your name and contact information. The purpose is to notify others in case someone with COVID-19 is diagnosed after the fact.
5. Offerings may be made by cash or in an envelope or credit card. We will be unable to make change. By July 1, you will also be able to make offerings online and using a mobile app. Details will be coming soon.
6. Everyone entering the church must acknowledge that no environment is free from risk, and that he/she assumes responsibility for their personal safety.
7. Holy Communion will be offered in the manner practiced among the Slavic Orthodox Churches - you will come forward with arms crossed over your chest, open your mouth wide and tip your head back. The priest will pour the Holy Communion into your mouth without touching your lips. Do not close your mouth on the spoon.
8. We are not yet ready for coffee hour or social gatherings after church. This may change in the upcoming weeks.