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COVID-19 Policies

Saint John's COVID-19 guidelines for our community.

Austin, Texas is in the "Low" stage as of August 18th


Saint John's Covid Task Force continues to meet regularly. On Thursday, July 7th, due to concern about the newest variant that is spreading in our community, the Task Force has decided to make a few changes to our Sunday worship policies. You can read about the most recent policies below. If you have any questions about these policies, please get in touch with our Covid Task Force or with Senior Pastor Hilary Marchbanks,  .

Saint John's Safety Guidelines have now been updated to the Austin Public Health "Low, Medium, High" stages. The wearing of masks will continue to be optional in "Low", recommended in "Medium" and then required if we return to "High". Food and drink may now be served in any room on the 2nd floor of the main facility or in the Wynona houses if those in the group are in agreement. We will continue to keep the 1st floor area as safe as possible as we welcome children and guests to those areas. As always, if you have symptoms of any illness, please stay home and get well. We will continue to broadcast the service on our website at stjohnsaustin.org/live Please contact Duane Roth if you have any questions.

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The service will continue to be broadcast to Facebook Live and on our website at stjohnsaustin.org/live at 11:00 am. 

The church is open for small group gatherings. To facilitate social distancing, participation will be limited and by reservation only. Reservations prevent us from exceeding capacity or needing to turn anyone away at the door for capacity reasons. More than one group may be scheduled at the same time as long as they do not congregate in the same space. For example, Grace Garden will be on campus in certain rooms while others are gathered there. Scheduled small-group gatherings may be scheduled in the following on-site locations:  

  • The yard of any church building (use bathroom in 5900 or 5908 Wynona)  

  • Fellowship Hall (use main bathroom)  

  • Chapel (use main bathroom)  

  • Playground (use main bathroom)  

  • Back room of 5900 Wynona (use bathroom in 5900 Wynona)  

  • Youth House (use bathroom in 5908 Wynona)  

  • Large upstairs classroom (use upstairs bathroom)  

  • Great Hall (use upstairs bathroom)  

Because our policies have worked to keep you, your families, and our staff safe, we will continue implementing our current safety protocols. All staff and visitors may choose to continue to wear masks on church property. Saint John's COVID-19 protocols and procedures have been and will continue to be based on the CDC's Guidelines for Communities of Faith.

During the weekdays, Grace Garden will also be reserving rooms. To understand our policies for Grace Garden CDC, contact Katie Foley.

Participants in Small-Group Church Gatherings during High Risk (We are currently Low) must:  

  • Wear masks to participate in person.  

  • Clean hands with sanitizer immediately before gathering.  

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from each other at all times.  

  • Stay home when sick, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • Children in kindergarten and older will be asked to wear masks as adults do. This is in line with AISD recommendations.   

Additional Procedures:

Rooms will be set up for gatherings ahead of time by Saint John's staff. These specifications may be indicated when making an online room reservation Request for Scheduling Meetings/Events.   

The organizer or leader of any small-group gathering should clean and disinfect chairs and tables before and after each event. Bleach wipes and sanitizer will be provided in each room. The leader should also get there 15 minutes early to open the windows/doors for airflow to be improved and to spray Lysol in the room. This will be provided on a sign in each room.  

If gathering indoors, windows or exterior doors should be opened to encourage airflow.   

Any participant who uses the restroom must wear a mask, sanitize hands before and after and only use the designated bathroom.   

Eating during gatherings is discouraged. If you must eat, please do so outside with carefully packaged elements.  

Please bring your own water – the water fountains have been shut off during COVID-19.   

There must be one-hour between events for air out each room.