Middle COVID Guidelines
When Jesus was asked the most important commandment, he replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself.” As a community, we strive to embody that mission every day. We worship and create community to honor God and to love one another. And right now, that means we are committed to doing everything in our power to gather and worship safely. Knowing that no in-person gathering is risk-free, we are relying on our community to embody love of neighbor by doing everything you can reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, as the CDC and WHO have declared that COVID is no longer a global health emergency, we are shifting our worship policies to reflect that change.
As of Sunday, May 21, 2022 proof of vaccination is not required to worship at Middle and in-person worship is mask optional. And we still wholeheartedly encourage every person to get vaccinated and boosted, to minimize transmission and your own risk for serious illness.
Anyone who leads worship unmasked must provide proof of a negative COVID rapid test taken at 9am before worship, prior to arrival at the sanctuary. Please send your negative test result to email@example.com.
In addition to these baseline precautionary measures, we also ask you to consult the FAQ’s below for more information about how we’ll be community together.
If you have been EXPOSED to COVID:
Wear a mask immediately and get tested.
If you test negative: continue to mask and test before coming to church. If you test negative day-of, you are welcome to attend in-person, but please remain masked at all times and avoid hugging or any other body-to-body contact.
What if I test positive for COVID?
Isolate for 5 days, regardless of whether you have symptoms. If, after 5 days you continue to have symptoms, continue isolating until you have been fever-free for 24 hours. If you were at a Middle Church event before you knew you had COVID, please email someone on staff so we can notify people you may have been in contact with.
When can I come to church again?
Church is always available online! But to attend in-person, wait until after you have completed the 5+ days of isolation and have tested negative for COVID on two consecutive days.
For more information about how best to care for yourself and others, please check the most recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.