MINDEKIRKEN COVID POLICY   

Updated: January 6, 2022

Due to the high number of community Covid-19 cases, we have made the following changes:
  • Starting this Sunday, January 16th and through the end of the month there will be no food or beverages served after the worship services (this includes coffee).

  • Tuesday Open House on January 11th will be held in person but no food or beverages will be served. 
    Tuesday Open House for the rest of January will be held online.

  • If any staff or volunteers test positive for Covid-19 they must show proof of a negative PCR test before returning to work, which should be emailed to the church office.

  • All language classes will be held online until the end of January.

  • We will require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test to attend the Mads Tolling concert on February 5th.

  • Properly fitting masks are required to be worn at all times while in the building.

As you see, we are eliminating periods of unmasking, reducing gatherings and reinforcing proper masking. We will be updating these policies as the situation changes. Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

Updated: January 03, 2022 
This is still active policy, combined with the January 6 update above.

We care about your safety and try to have rules that make sense and are protective. Please assess your own risk and the risk of your Mindekirken friends and be care-full Thank you.

    • Illness: Please do not come to Mindekirken if you are ill or have had exposure to Covid-19 or have Covid-19. Follow CDC public health guidelines for testing, isolating and recovery.
      • We would appreciate it if you would report to us if there was a potential Covid-19 exposure at Mindekirken.

    • Masking
      • Masks are required in our interior spaces. Exemption - when you are alone in a room.
      • Masks must cover your nose and mouth, fitting well across your face.
      • Language teachers may unmask - or wear a face shield - when teaching in Norwegian. They must re-mask when speaking more than briefly in English. A safe distance should be maintained.

    • Eating:  If there is food or beverage offered please keep your mask on as much as possible, re-masking when you are not actively eating or drinking. 

    • Ventilation:  HEPA-filtering air purifiers, fans on furnaces, fans in the main kitchen and windows are utilized to move and clean air.
      • Forced-Air Furnaces: (in annex/new addition only)
        • Use the fan settings on thermostats in Kirkestua, Lobby and Oslo to move and filter air (MERV 13 filters) = set fan to "ON".  
      • HEPA-filtering Air Purifiers:
        • Run when rooms are occupied:
          • Fellowship Hall (4 units) and Oslo/Bergen: Run on level 3
          • Kirkestua and Main Office: Run on auto or set timer 
          • Sacristy and Pastor's Office: Run on auto or set timer
      • Kitchen Air Handler and Fan:
        • When gathering in Fellowship Hall or the main kitchen, run the range hood ventilation system and the fan over the dishwasher.
      • Windows:
        • Open windows when weather-appropriate.
        Stand-alone Fans -- When used for cooling in warm weather:
        • When a stand-alone fan is used to cool a space, do the following to prevent risky airflow:  
          • Run fans on a low, gentle speed
          • Do not direct fans so that they blow across a person or people. 
          • Direct fans to a corner or wall or, preferably, try to position fans so that they draw air out a window or into an unoccupied area.

    • Hand shaking:  No handshaking. We are curbing that social habit.

    • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often; use sanitizer when unable to wash.

    • Singing and Brass and Wind Instruments: Our choir members must be vaccinated. We recommend that guest singers, brass and wind instrumentalists be vaccinated. 
      • Choirs and any singing groups must wear face masks during practice and performance. 
      • People in the congregation must leave their face mask on while singing. 
      • Soloists may perform without a mask but must maintain a good distance - 12 feet or more - from the audience.
      • Brass and Wind instrumentalists should mask their instrument, wear a mask made for playing the instrument and keep a good distance from the audience - 12 feet or more - and from other musicians.
      • Masking
        • Choirs and any singing groups must wear face masks during practice and performance. 
        • People in the congregation must leave their face mask on while singing. 
        • Soloists may perform without a mask but must maintain a good distance - 12 feet or more - from the audience.
        • Brass and Wind instrumentalists should mask their instrument, wear a mask made for playing the instrument if possible and keep a good distance from the audience - 12 feet or more - and from other musicians. 
      • Distances and Ventilation:  
        • Singers and instrumentalists should keep good social distance between each other. 
        • Open windows and provide ventilation to the practice/performance space. 

Thank you for your attention and your joint effort to help us practice safe behavior and provide a reliable, safe place to gather and work together.  We will evaluate our COVID Plan and update as indicated.  Please direct questions through the office, which will be forwarded to us:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 612-874-0716

Mindekirken COVID Response Team

Terry Parker Madson, Covid-19 Plan Administrator
Anne Johnson, R.N.
Jeannette Henrikssen, Council President
Gunnar Kristiansen, Pastor