October 1, 2020
We are NOT returning to in-person worship in the Trinity sanctuary just yet ...
While in-person worship in the Trinity sanctuary has been delayed, Trinity continues to offer online worship, fellowship gatherings on the front lawn and we are also exploring new opportunities to meet and connect. Small group activities are also on hold for the time being. These guidelines are to be revisited on a monthly basis.
As predicted, the second wave of Covid-19 is here. The return of children to schools as well as the easing of some regulations has brought a second round of this difficult virus. The summer is over and the cases of Covid are rising rapidly. The Ontario Government and all health care professionals are saying that we need to hunker down, tighten our social bubbles once again, and stay home whenever possible.
While we are not opening now, extensive preparations have been made for the time when we can reopen the building.
- There is new safety signage throughout the church building
- A new video doorbell has been installed to monitor visitors
- Everyone is required to provide personal contact tracing information
- The office door is now a split door to keep people at a safe distance
- There is a new safety plexiglass shield on Sharon’s desk
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the church
- Hallway floors have been marked for social distancing
- Pews have indications on them to appropriately distance the seating
- Locks have been added to the kitchen and Norfolk room doors
- Trinity Hall has floor markings to indicate seating distances for meetings
- Plastic chairs have been returned to Trinity Hall for easy cleaning
In order to control the amount of access to the church building, we are asking everyone NOT to “just drop in”, and only go to the church if you have made an appointment through the office. This will help us maintain our cleanliness standards, ensure the safety of our staff and resist the spread of this virus.
With this latest turn of events, after prayerful consideration, and for the health and safety of all our Trinity family, the Reopening Team has made the difficult decision to delay the reopening of the church building for the foreseeable future. We will keep everyone updated as the situation develops.
John Bye and Hal Osborne, for the Reopening Team of Trinity United Church, Guelph.
Note: Click here to view the previous updates from the Reopening Team