WELCOME BACK TO CHURCH!
My Fellow Orthodox Christians, There are some adjustments that we all need to make in order for our beloved Church to reopen. We need to adhere to the Metropolis requirements, along with the mandates and guidelines outlined by the State of Virginia. Your parish leadership team Father John, Parish Council, and Ministry Volunteers are diligently working to enact these measures. Pending approval from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey through God's Grace, we are aiming to reopen on Sunday May 31st.
YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND CHURCH If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID 19:
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
The full CDC guidelines are here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html or have come in contact with anyone showing such symptom, or if you have come into contact with COVID 19 positive persons within the last 2 weeks.
If you meet the criteria for returning, are not in the restricted category due to illness, symptoms or age, and are ready to return to worship, here are the steps:
Parishioners must register their attendance with their full names and contact information. Your Parish Priest will notify you of the registration process and platform which the Parish will use.
Parishioners must screen themselves prior to coming to church including a temperature check even if they have not experienced any symptoms of COVID-19. If they have any symptoms, they are not to attend Church.
Parishioners shall not come to the Church by a ride share (Uber, Lyft), taxi, or by means of public transportation. It is strongly recommended that Parishioners arrive in their own vehicle or arrange for another parishioner to transport them.
Parishioners must sanitize their hands upon entering the Church.
Parishioners must wear protective masks throughout the Services.
Parishioners must adhere to the social distancing guidelines of keeping a six foot distance from other parishioners at all times in the pews and throughout the Church. The only exception being for families that have quarantined together, as they will be able to sit together in a designated section of the Church.
Parishioners are not to wander in the Church, in the Parish facilities, or outside on the parish grounds.
Small children shall not be allowed to roam the aisles.
Only one parishioner will be allowed in the restroom at a time. Parishioners must thoroughly wash their hands after using the restroom.
Parishioners must leave the Church premises, including the parking lot and exterior grounds, upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, all the while maintaining
social distancing standards.
If after attending any service a parishioner experiences symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19, in addition to immediately contacting their medical provider, they must contact the Church office to inform the parish of the date that they attended service.
By attending Church you agree that you are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; or have been in contact with anyone showing such symptoms, or have come in contact with COVID 19 positive individuals within the last 2 weeks. By entering Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church (NTGOC) you affirm that while safety measures are being implemented by NTGOC, we cannot ensure the safety of every person. You agree to adhere to social distancing and safety guidelines being practiced in NTGOC; you consent to hold the NTGOC harmless against any damages or claims regarding your voluntary attendance. If you are unwilling to consent to the above, please join our online NTGOC services.
SIGN UP HERE!
Per Governor Northam we have a reduced number of members that are allowed to attend each service. Please register no later than 5pm on Fridays. We are mandated to gather the information on this form as part of us reopening Church.
IN MESSAGE BODY STATE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS ATTENDING WITH YOU!!!!!!
Sign up for Sunday October 18th here