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ESMC Pandemic Re-opening Planning

This page is where information is being shared about our church plans for re-opening.  Consider them working plans.   We reserve the right to update them at any time due to new information or feedback.  If they are here, they have reached a point where they are ready for implementation or feedback.  If you have any questions or comments, please pass them on to the office or e-mail “pandemic at”.


The Plans


Big Picture Thoughts

  • We assume there will be some form of required, or just personally desired, restrictions for at least a year.  Therefore we try to have options for those who do not wish to associate in person.  We will be keeping zoom as an integral part of the service for at least that long
  • Balance Risk.  Support people’s risk profiles as best we can. Open reasonably safely, but recognize that maximum safety means never meeting, and that is too far.  All actions raises the risk.  Everything is a trade-off of risk and reward.
  • Anyone can decide to stay separate and can still participate as much as possible. I.e. everyone can decide what level of risk they want to take and we will make it so they can be involved as much as possible given the level they have chosen.  Be aware of the separation between:
    • What we require to be done
    • What we support being done or people doing