Practices and Procedures for Using Church Facilities
(As of 5/30/21 and until notified by the Third Presbyterian Church Session.)
As we look to lessen our COVID-19 restrictions please be respectful, considerate, and gracious toward one another as each may be at different comfort levels regarding mask wearing/not wearing and social distancing/not social distancing.
Please understand that some individuals might be unable to receive the vaccination or wear a mask due to medical conditions or their doctor’s counsel. In turn don’t judge anyone’s individual decision regarding both vaccinations and masking.
Please understand that some of our more vulnerable population may wish to maintain stricter masking and distancing standards. Please honor their choices.
Those who are fully vaccinated or who have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 antibodies no longer need to wear a mask nor to maintain the social distancing standards of six feet while inside the church facilities. However anyone in the Church facility who chooses to wear a mask certainly may continue to do so.
Those who have not been fully vaccinated* or have not tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 antibodies will still need to wear a mask and maintain social distancing while within the Church facilities per our previous requirements. (*Children/teens who have not qualified to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (per CDC recommendation and NY availability) are not required to wear a mask. However the decision of whether or not they do wear a mask is up to the parent(s)/guardian(s). For their protection we do ask that they be seated with their parent(s)/guardian(s) during a worship service.)
Per the two statements regarding vaccinations and mask requirements immediately above, masks must be worn by any unvaccinated singer(s)/group while singing up front during worship.
There are no mask requirements outside the church while on church grounds.
We will no longer be taking temperatures as persons enter the facility. However we do ask all to be responsible and considerate of others so that if you feel sick at all please plan to stay home. If your intent was to participate in worship please plan to join us on Facebook Live until you are feeling better.
We will still ask all who attend worship to sign in, but all we will ask you to do is give your name and contact information (either phone # or email) just in case there is a need to contact you regarding a report of someone attending who tests positive with Covid 19 within 10 days of their worship participation.
We will no longer have special pews closed off from use, however, out of consideration of others, if you plan to sit near someone please ask that person or persons if that is okay with them before you sit near them.
We will have hand sanitizer available near the entrance of the church (and at the serving table during fellowship time) for any who might wish to use some. We will also have disposable masks available for anyone who would like to use one during worship.
We will still make use of individually packaged snacks and drinks during fellowship time except for those who would like coffee or tea. (Mask wearing and distance restrictions during fellowship time are as noted above.)
If there are any issues/concerns/questions please contact Andy Miller at 518-203-8724 or John McAuley at 518-894-7771. We thank you for your help in allowing us to gather together for worship, fellowship and ministry in a safe, comfortable manner.