Mindekirken COVID-19 Updates

MINDEKIRKEN COVID POLICY:  Update as of October 01, 2021

We have updated our Mindekirken COVID plan to be most consistent and to provide a reliable environment for everyone.
Please follow these Covid-19 Plan rules. Thanks so much.

    • Illness: Do not come to Mindekirken if you are ill or have had exposure to Covid-19 or have Covid-19. Follow public health guidelines for testing and recovery.

    • Masking:  Masks required at all times 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.  

    • Eating:  No eating inside together. 
      • Kirkekaffes will be Utekaffes until further notice.

    • Ventilation:  Open windows and run furnace fans (available in annex spaces only) to recirculate air. 
      • Run fans on a low, gentle speed
      • Do not direct fans so that they blow across a person or people. (That can increase the risk of spreading coronavirus from an infected person.)
      • 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.
      • When gathering in Fellowship Hall or the main kitchen, run the range hood ventilation system and the fan over the dishwasher.

    • Handshaking:  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 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 work and gather.  We will evaluate our COVID Plan often and post any changes.  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

 

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MINDEKIRKEN COVID POLICY:  Update as of September 15, 2021

We have updated our Mindekirken COVID rules to be consistent and provide a reliable environment for us who work and volunteer, and to all congregants and visitors. Please follow these rules and do your best to inform and assist others. Thanks so much!

  • Masking:  Masks required at all times 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.
       
  • Eating:  No eating inside together. 

    • Kirkekaffes will be Utekaffes until further notice.
       
  • Ventilation:  Open windows and run furnace fans (available to annex only) to recirculate air. 

    • Run fans on a low, gentle speed
    • Do not direct fans so that they blow across a person or people. (That can increase the risk of spreading coronavirus from an infected person.)
    • 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.
    • When gathering in Fellowship Hall or the main kitchen, run the range hood ventilation system and the fan over the dishwasher. 

  • Handshaking:  No handshaking. Kindly let people know that we are curbing that social habit.

Thanks for your attention and, I am sure, your joint effort to help us consistently practice safe behavior and provide a reliable safe place to work and gather.  We will evaluate the Plan and COVID conditions often, updating as needed, and let you know of changes.

 

Mindekirken Covid-19 Response Team

 

 

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Mindekirken COVID Notice and Safety Requirements Update as of Augu
st 6, 2021

Masks required for all persons in the Mindekirken building

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated recommendations on mask usage given the current COVID Delta variant circulating in the United States. In areas with substantial and high transmission, the CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant.

Hennepin County has reached the substantial transmission level based on the number of cases. The CDC guidance recommending masks therefore now applies to indoor public gatherings in Hennepin County. Following that guidance, we have updated our guidelines. We require all persons, including those who are fully vaccinated, wear masks while in the church building. If anyone in your household doesn’t feel well or has been exposed to COVID, please choose to stay home.

Developed by: Mindekirken COVID-19 Safety Protocol Committee in cooperation with the Mindekirken Executive Committee