DCC’s COVID Precautions Effective May 8, 2022

From the Session: COVID Precautions Update
Effective May 8, 2022

Dear DCC Family,

Thank you for the patience, kindness, and flexibility that each of you has demonstrated over the past
2+ years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working together, we have protected our community and DCC has not only survived but is thriving in numbers and members.

On April 26, Session gathered to discern whether or not to adjust our Covid-19 protocols. Together, we explored how best to:

  • Help our community transition as the Covid-19 pandemic becomes endemic
  • Protect our families with young children and immunocompromised members
  • Create a community that honors the range of comfort levels and safety practices within our church family and allows each of us to engage with DCC on the level that feels right for our household
  • Provide both clarity and flexibility to the wide array of ministries, programs, and community groups that use our space
  • Honor our church’s vision statement of joyful communion, cultivating spiritual practices, broadening active participation, and applying the moral actions of Jesus.

Session decided that beginning Sunday, May 8, our Covid-19 protocols will be changing.
Here is the re-cap:

Vaccination Required
We continue to require full vaccination or testing within 72 hours of events at DCC.

Worship: Beginning May 8
9:00 a.m. service:
 Masks will be highly recommended, but not required.
10:30 a.m. service: Masks will continue to be required.
We require an N95, KN95 or KN94 mask and we have extras on hand. This will provide protection for our vulnerable members, support our Children’s Ministry, and allow young, unvaccinated children to be in the Sanctuary.

Live-streaming of the 10:30 a.m. service will continue, an option that includes those who don’t feel comfortable attending worship, live out of the area, may be traveling, or just prefer to participate online.

Choir          
At the 9:00 a.m. service, choir members and other singers may choose to remove their masks.
At the 10:00 a.m. service, choir members and other singers are required to wear masks.

Communion
In June, communion service will resume indoors at the 9:00 a.m. service, with special precautions.

Food
Groups offering food indoors must either require full vaccination/boosting OR a Covid-19 test within 72 hours, but not both as previously required.

On Campus – Masking Highly Recommended
Because of the continued uncertainty of this endemic, DCC Session is continuing to HIGHLY RECOMMEND, but not require, masking indoors as we return to our in-person activities: i.e. small groups, ministry meetings, campus groups and staff meetings. Having said that, groups are encouraged to discuss and agree to the precautions they will take so that everyone in the group feels safe. 

Groups May Continue to Choose More Stringent Requirements
Any group that desires to uphold more stringent requirements than what Session recommends are allowed to make those decisions for their group. When possible we encourage groups to consider meeting outside, or offering hybrid options so that we can offer kindness and inclusion to members who may need a higher level of safety.

Please be aware that COVID-19 transmission is currently rising in Davis and Yolo County If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson offers us these words:

“Data show that COVID-19 is spreading in Yolo County, especially in Davis. Yolo residents are encouraged to take additional precautions to guard against infection. I strongly recommend masking indoors with a high-quality mask and getting tested if you have symptoms, have a known exposure, or recently participated in a large gathering like Picnic Day. If you are eligible for a booster, now is a good time to get that booster—do not wait.”

DCC’s Session will continue to monitor the risk of COVID-19 and rely on the expertise of our COVID Council. We may adjust our protocols to be more stringent in the future.

If you have concerns or ideas that you would like to share with Session, please email us at: session@dccpres.org

Yours in faith,

DCC Session

 

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