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COVID-19 Policies

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


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

Updated October 12, 2021: Austin Public Health has announced that we are have reached Stage 3. Please visit our chart for information on what that means for your group or planned meeting.

Find a PDF Version of this chart here.

Small groups of any number may gather inside. Masks will be worn during worship and by unvaccinated people, but not be required for vaccinated people during small group meetings.

We are currently in Stage 3 of the Travis County's modified guidelines.

 

Stage 2 Guidelines (April 2021) We are in CURRENTLY IN STAGE 3 as of October 12, 2021.

 


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


Now that cases of COVID-19 have gone down, 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. We will continue to require all staff and visitors 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.

Participants in Small-Group Church Gatherings must:  

  • Complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire before attending your event for self-reflection.  

  • 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.