St. Bede’s must submit a detailed reopening plan to the Diocesan COVID-19 response team for their review and required approval before we can reopen. At the Diocese’s recommendation, our initial plans focus on holding outdoor services which are considered safer, and on opening the office a few days each week for staff to do essential parish work on-site.
There is a strict list of health and safety protocols with which we must comply for any campus visits including in-person worship:
- You will be required have your temperature checked, sign a contact-tracing form and use hand sanitizer when you arrive.
- You must wear a face mask throughout the service – as well as when you arrive and leave.
- Congregational singing and chanting is prohibited as is serving food and drink.
In San Mateo County, individuals over the age of 50 and those with medical conditions that put them at risk are encouraged not to attend indoor services when offered. Talk with your doctor about your own health risks and whether you feel comfortable attending an outdoor service.
After the first phase of our reopening plans are approved, we will move on to crafting plans for indoor worship and for the use of our facilities by outside groups.
We do not expect to open our facilities for use by community groups until sometime next year. At that time, all community groups will be required to comply with relevant health and safety regulations including requiring all participants to wear masks, providing hand sanitizer, practicing social distancing, and collecting participants’ information for contact tracing purposes.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the changing guidelines for safe reopening. Check back here for periodic updates our plans.