COVID-19 Updates

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines:
Updated February 18, 2022

Dear St. Paul’s Members and Friends,

Updated Covid 19 Guidelines for St. Paul’s UMC, Ocala

February 17, 2022

St. Paul’s Trustees met last Tuesday, February 15, 2017. Among other things, Trustees discussed the mandatory face covering policy for indoor use of St. Paul’s facilities. Here are the results of our discussion:

While community transmission numbers are still high, Trustees voted to make face coverings optional for gatherings in our buildings. We still urge everyone to be careful as we gather and attend worship online if you, or anyone in your household, is not feeling well or is running a fever. We will maintain a seating area in the Sanctuary in front of the sound booth that is reserved for those who wish to mask and socially distance during worship. If you choose to wear a mask at worship, we recommend against wearing homemade cloth masks, and we will have more effective types of masks available in the narthex if you need one for your own use.

Due to current high transmission numbers, and to avoid congregating in groups as much as possible, we are not opening the coffee area before worship at this time.

Here are other recommendations Trustees approved as we return to optional face coverings:

1. Do not crowd in rooms.

2. Continue frequent hand washing/sanitizing, especially before handling food.

3. If the kitchen is open for use; counters and touched surfaces must be sanitized.

4. If food is available, it must be served…no buffet style of service.

5. Tables and folding chairs must be sanitized after every use.

These recommendations may be modified in the event of changes in the Covid 19 pandemic.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to deal with the unprecedented issues the pandemic presents to St. Paul’s.