Revised October 15, 2021: Protocols for the sharing of food in an institution of The Diocese of El Camino Real are revised as of 10/15 due to the decrease in rates of infection in our area.
August 31, 2021
Amendment to August 18 COVID Protocol Statement
Contact Tracing is an important part of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All institutions in the diocese should have a plan for contact tracing when there has been exposure to someone who tests positive for the virus. In our diocese, contact tracing requires an organization to keep a record of all persons that attend a church or school event so those people may be notified in the event of a potential virus exposure. Check with your local authorities on when it is necessary to report contact with an infected person.
Those in charge of a church or a school should review the links below to familiarize themselves with information about the spread of the virus and the details surrounding the necessity and procedures for contact tracing:
The Rev. David H Starr,
On behalf of The Rt. Rev. Lucinda Ashby
Indoor gatherings are permitted and masks are required. The number present at a gathering is dependent on how many persons may be in the space properly socially distanced.
Outdoor gatherings are preferred. Masks are optional, but strongly suggested. Maintaining social distancing is recommended.
Maintain reasonable distance, especially indoors. The CDC recommends a distance of 6’ from others not in your household.
Good ventilation decreases the risk of the virus spreading. Maintain good ventilation when gathering inside.
Masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn indoors. Due to the dangers inherent in the Delta variant, masks are strongly suggested outdoors.
Bread only. Distribution with gloves or tongs preferred. However, other TOUCH FREE methods may be used.
Hand sanitizer must be provided at gatherings on church property. Clergy and Eucharistic ministers should use it before distributing communion.
Choir members must maintain a distance of at least 12′ from each other and from the congregation while singing without masks. Soft congregational singing, indoors behind masks is permitted.
See October 15 revised protocols above.
Other groups using parish facilities:
Any groups using parish space must agree to abide by diocesan and parish protocols.
Any person, volunteer or employee, working with children must offer proof of vaccination. Masks must be worn at all times and all protocols carefully followed. Use hand sanitizer and practice social distancing indoors and outdoors as possible with the little ones.
Our goal is to be mindful and caring of those at risk; who that is may shift depending on research, vaccination, and individual health concerns.
Please note: Parishes’ protocols may be more restrictive than diocesan protocols to protect people in your context. Parish protocols may not be less restrictive than diocesan protocols. Read the latest message from Bishop Lucinda