Frequently asked questions regarding Trinity's response to the Covid-19 virus.
WHEN WILL SERVICES RESUME AT TRINITY?
To put it bluntly, we don't know. We are making every determination based on the recommendations of the CDC, the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, the governor, the mayor and trajectory of the cases recorded in our area. It is our responsibility to look after, not only the spiritual well-being of our parishioners, but their physical well-being, too. Trinity will open when we feel the risk to parishioners, staff and clergy is minimized and we can safely resume services.
WILL MASKS BE REQUIRED AT CHURCH?
Yes. According to Diocesan guidelines, every person over the age of six (6) years of age will be required to wear a mask. Studies show that mask wearing greatly reduces the risk of virus spread, so please plan to wear a mask while in the building for any reason. If you do not have a reusable mask, we will provide one (while supplies last). Please contact Hannah Middlebrook to request one in advance.
WILL SOMEONE BE TAKING TEMPERATURES?
Yes. Everyone who attends a service will be required to have their temperature taken at the door. Anyone who registers at temperature of 100.4+ will be asked to leave for the safety of all concerned.
WHAT STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING DURING SERVICES?
In order to reduce the possibility of virus spread, every other pew will be blocked off. Additionally, parishioners will be seated by ushers in order to ensure there is sufficient distance between family groups/individuals. Please understand this may mean you won't be sitting in your usual pew, and respect that ushers are working on behalf of the church to ensure your safety.
At the moment our plan is to reopen with two services: 9:00am and 11:00am. If that remains the case, we will seat parishioners for the 9:00am service on one side of the nave only, and parishioners for the 11:00am service on the other side of the nave. This will help eliminate opportunities for cross contamination.
WILL WE HAVE COMMUNION WHEN WE REOPEN?
We will make the determination about whether to have communion when we determine when we can open safely. At this time we anticipate that we will have communion "in one kind" only, meaning wafer only. The clergy will wear masks and gloves while distributing communion.
WILL THERE BE SINGING?
No. Unfortunately, singing presents too much risk of virus spread. There will be no congregational singing during services when we reopen. The full choir will not resume until such time as a vaccine and/or treatment are available.
WILL THERE BE COFFEE HOUR?
No. We will not have coffee hour until such time as it is safe to gather in large groups again without socially distancing. The Great Hall will be blocked off and lingering in the building will be discouraged. Please plan to enter and exit the building no longer than 15 minutes before or after the service.
WILL RESTROOMS BE OPEN?
Yes. Only the 2nd floor restrooms will be open. Restrooms will be regularly cleaned with disinfectants.
WHICH ENTRANCES WILL BE OPEN?
The southwest entrance will be the only one available for use. Entry will be through the south facing doors, while exit will be through the west facing doors of the southwest lobby area. This will help to ensure that everyone entering has their temperature taken and will reduce contact between those entering and exiting.
WHEN THE BUILDING IS OPEN AGAIN, HOW DO WE KNW EVERYONE WILL FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES SET BY TRINITY?
When we begin allowing groups and services inside the building, every participant will be asked to sign the community covenant. You can find the community covenant here.