The Gate Covid-19 Preparedness Plan

 

The Gate is implementing state guidelines for a touchless experience, a sanitary environment, and social distancing. We bless your decision to remain at home if that is what you choose to do. The plan below outlines the measures that The Gate is taking to prepare the environment for a safe worship experience for those who chose to attend our in-person gatherings.

 

General Guidelines:

 

Minimize Possible Transmission

  • Participants should conduct a self-check and stay home if they have symptoms of COVID.

    • Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell.

    • Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

    • Please stay home if you have had close contacts with confirmed cases and quarantined cases.

 

Please review the Member/Visitor Screening Checklist before Attending the Gate

Protocols

 

  • Our attendance is capped at 25% (or up to 75 people).

  • Masks are required for all those attending.

  • Exceptions for wearing masks below

  • When speaking in front, or doing worship, masks are not required

  • Households are asked to sit together. Maintain 6 feet social distancing.

  • There will be no childcare or children's church during the service.

  • There will be no meal after service until further notice.

 

Protections

 

  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be available.

  • Bathrooms will be limited to one user at a time so the stalls can be left open. There will be a trash-receptacle by the door to ensure a paper towel can be readily disposed of when operating the door.

  • The water fountain will not be available.

  • Tissues will be provided for proper cough/sneeze etiquette and no-touch disposal bins.

  • All exterior and sanctuary doors will remain open to reduce unnecessary contact.

  • The dining room, and children's classroom area will be closed.

  • Ongoing sanitation in all areas

 

 

Staff and Volunteers

 

  • Health screening protocols have been established for all staff and volunteers

Exceptions for wearing Masks

  • Children under age 2 years must not wear face coverings. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face coverings

  • People who have medical or other health conditions, disabilities or mental health, developmental, or behavioral needs that make it difficult to tolerate wearing a face covering.

  • Any person who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, sleeping, incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.

  • People at their workplace when wearing a face covering would create a safety hazard to the person or others as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

  • Alternatives to masks such as clear face shields may be considered for those with health conditions or situations where wearing a mask is problematic. Face shields may also be used as an alternative to face coverings when specifically permitted in the applicable Industry Guidance available at Stay Safe Minnesota.

The Gate 

Sunday Service at 4:30 p.m.

9500 Minnetonka Blvd

St. Louis Park,  Mn  55426

952-769-3709

thegatemn@gmail.com

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