COVID-19 Updates

Updated September 1, 2020

Dear Grace community,

We continue to long for the day we will all be together in body once again. Until that time, we rejoice in the ways we have been united in spirit, the ways we've seen love and hope embodied by one another, and the continued prayers and concern not only for our selves but for those who are suffering most in our community and in our world.

And in the meantime, we have been planning for what return to physical gathering will look like. At its May meeting, the Session commissioned a Covid-19 Safety Task Team to create a plan for re-gathering. At its July meeting, the Session received with gratitude and affirmation the report of that task team and approved it as a guiding document for continued decisionmaking. You can view that guiding document by clicking here:

GRACE COVID-19 RE-GATHERING PLAN

You'll find a summary of the phases of re-gathering below; at this time we have moved into limited outdoor gathering, for low-risk small groups (15 or fewer) only, with a staff member present.

Note that virtual options will continue throughout the plan and that any in-person gatherings-- outdoor or indoor, in any phase-- require masks, physical distancing, and discretion for high-risk groups.

Phase Safer at Home Limited Outdoor Expanded Outdoor Limited Indoor Expanded Indoor
Criteria *Documented new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax County are increasing or have been decreasing for fewer than two consecutive weeks,

 *Fairfax County infection rate is above 1.1, or

 *There is a 7-day average of greater than 250 new cases per day in Northern Virginia.

*Documented new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax County have been decreasing for two or more consecutive weeks,

 *Fairfax County infection rate is below 1.1, or

 *There is a 7-day average of fewer than 250 new cases per day in Northern Virginia.

*Documented new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax County have been decreasing for four or more consecutive weeks,

 *Fairfax County infection rate is below 0.9, or

 *There is a 7-day average of fewer than 200 new cases per day in Northern Virginia.

*Documented new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax County have been decreasing for six or more consecutive weeks,

 *Fairfax County infection rate is below 0.75, or

 *There is a 7-day average of fewer than 100 new cases per day in Northern Virginia.

*An effective Covid-19 treatment and/or vaccine are publicly available, or

 *There is a 7-day average of fewer than 50 new cases per day in Northern Virginia.

 *This phase lasts until federal/state/ local public health officials deem the threat is over.

Summary of allowed activities All worship and activities are virtual Outdoor small groups under 15 with pastor present Outdoor worship/groups up to 50 Indoor worship up to 60, groups up to 25 Expanded attendance at indoor gatherings

We continue to pray for you all. And we invite you to contact us anytime, in the church office or by email for ways this community can support you or answer your questions and concerns.

Blessings,

Pastor Ben and Pastor Katie