COVID-19 Updates

Interim Guidelines for In-Person Meetings of the Church in Los Angeles

(Updated March 15, 2021)

 

The state of California and LA County’s guidance for “places of worship” continues to evolve. In certain instances, churches may resume in-person activities subject to strict protocols. The elders of the church will continue to exercise prudence in this matter. Currently, we will allow in-person meetings which are subject to strict adherence to all the conditions listed below. Our guidance here only pertains to what we would normally consider to be church meetings (e.g. Lord’s table meeting, prayer meetings), and does not extend to ordinary course personal interactions among the saints.

Although we love to be together, we also pay attention to Romans 14 on practicing the church life. Romans 14:21 reminds us: “It is good not to…do anything by which your brother stumbles.” In our current environment we do not want any in-person gathering to stumble a saint. We paraphrase verse 3: “He who meets in person, let him not despise him who does not meet in person; and he who does not meet in person, let him not judge him who meets in person.” 

Approval process: A hall or district representative must obtain approval from a leading brother PRIOR to hosting a meeting. The process requires compliance with the below checklist, and the representative must keep a record of all attendees for contact tracing purposes. If you have any questions about this, please contact a leading brother in your hall.

 

You may attend meetings in person if you meet the following criteria: 

  • No symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell) for the last 10 days AND no close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for 14 days, regardless of COVID-19 testing results.
  • Elderly saints and those with chronic medical illnesses should exercise caution in attending any meetings in-person.

 

Meetings must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Outdoor gatherings are strongly preferred.
  • Where outdoor gatherings are not possible, indoor meetings are allowed at max 25% capacity. Adequate ventilation must be ensured (e.g. open windows and doors). 
  • A mask must be worn at all times (excluding babies and children <2 years old), regardless of vaccination status.
  • Maintain social distancing (6 feet away from others) at all times.
  • Children (<12yo) may attend meetings with a parent if the parent can ensure their child can maintain social distancing. 
  • Temperature screening (with touchless thermometer procured by host) for all attendees upon arrival. Refuse entrance to anyone with a temperature > 100.4℉ (38.0℃)
  • Symptom screening (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell, for the last 10 days) for all attendees upon arrival.
  • Attendees must sanitize their hands upon arrival (hand sanitizer or soap and water)
  • Disinfect all commonly touched surfaces with a disinfectant, bleach wipe, or 2% chlorine bleach solution before and after meetings. 
  • Notify an elder if you or anyone in your gathering tests positive for COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of infection. 
  • Being responsible to follow evolving local and state guidance in effect at the time of meeting.

 

References: 

CDC – Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith 

California Department of Public Health – COVID19 Industry Guidance: Places of Worship – 2/22/21

LA County Protocol for Places of Worship