Message from the Safe Gathering Committee | April 1, 2022

As we continue to make small changes in our weekly in-person service processes, the Safe Gathering Committee would like to remind everyone of a few things to keep in mind when we gather in person.

  • Please consider wearing an N95 mask if possible. They are available in the foyer for a minimal donation and continue to be recommended as the best mask to be worn to prevent aerosol transmission.
  • Please screen yourself before heading out to attend in person. If you feel unwell, or have been in contact with anyone who is isolating or suspects they may have Covid, please join us online. The screening tool is posted for everyone’s convenience on the door to the Unigogue so you can do your own screening before entering. Greeters are no longer doing active screening of every participant.
  • You are not required to provide your POV (proof of vaccination ) every week, however, if you have not already signed the acknowledgment letter, with the consent for your POV status to be saved, then please do so and greeters will not ask again for your POV.  These forms are available in the foyer – come a few minutes early to read and sign the document.
  • Bring a sweater or wear your coat throughout the service because the need continues for good natural ventilation when people are gathered in the sanctuary. Doors and windows will be open because the building’s HVAC system does not meet the recommended standards and there is no adequate filtration with the current system either. Natural ventilation is our best way around this and as the weather warms and no snow can blow in we are fortunate to be able to do such a simple thing to decrease everyone’s risk.
  • Always assess your own vulnerability and know that the online option continues to be available for all services. This past week the Peterborough Health Unit released a community risk indicator tool and associated recommendations that is very specific to our local Covid scenario. It provides information about a number of risk indicators and has specific recommendations for the general population, as well as those considered to be “high risk.” Please know that, as we make decisions about changes to our protocols for in person services, we consider this tool and other resources. Our goal is to protect, as best we can, our most vulnerable with the least intrusive measures and to introduce higher risk activities, such as singing, slowly over time and in a mindful way. 
    Here is the link to the Peterborough Public Health’s Community Risk Index
    https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/covid-19-risk-index/

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