The Church Board has amended the First Metropolitan United Church Reopening to a New Normal plan to update COVID-19 safety procedures. Every organization in BC is encouraged by Dr. Bonnie Henry to have a safety plan, which at First Met we call a reopening plan. These are the rules First Met lives by to prevent COVID-19 from entering our building and infecting our staff, volunteers, congregants and visitors.
The over-arching principle is to go slow, not take any undue risks and make sure any risks are outweighed by the benefit.
Depending on guidance from the BC Public Health Office, worship and activities can resume in church buildings, with social distancing and masks where social distancing is not possible. [Note: In-person attendance at worship services is currently suspended under provincial pandemic restrictions.]
Regardless of the activity, all outside doors of the church remain locked. Rooms are booked with at least two hours between bookings to allow for cleaning and sanitizing.
All bookings must go through the church office to avoid double-booking and ensure adequate time between bookings for cleaning.
Allow extra time for any activity, try not to plan too far ahead and - please - have patience!
Mon-Thurs 9 AM-noon
July-Aug - Mon-Thu 10AM-2PM
Need urgent pastoral care after hours? Please call the church at (250) 388-5188, press 4, then wait on the line.
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