Church Opening Guidelines during Covid-19 Pandemic

The guideline colored levels below correspond to the Black Hawk Health Department response levels.  Details about the levels can be found here:



  • Red: We will be closed to public.  Services will be pre-recorded or live broadcast as the head of staff and Worship and Music decide.
  • Orange: Masks will be required and people will be social distanced in the sanctuary.  A limit of 75 people per service will be enforced.
  • Below Orange: Masks are required, people will be socially distanced, and a limit of 125 people will be enforced.


Weddings, Funerals, Graduations parties, and other large events.

  • Red: no more than 15 people. No receptions.
  • Orange: 50 people max for services and receptions allowed
  • Below Orange: 125 max for worship, reception max will be determined by ability to socially distance the spaces available.



  • Red: Doors locked to limit people from coming in.
  • Orange: Doors open activities will still be capped.



  • Red: Zoom only
  • Orange: Hybrid option available
  • Yellow: In person attendance encouraged


Christian Education/ all other church activities

  • Red: All in-person activities and groups will be limited to 15 people or less.
  • Orange: Masks will be required, social distancing measures will be in place.  Group gatherings will be limited to 50 people in large rooms (SLC and Fellowship Hall) and 15 in large classrooms 3yr. – K, choir room, Youth rooms), and 10 in small classrooms (102, etc.)
  • Below Orange: Masks are required and social distancing measures still need to take place, which will limit group sizes in rooms.


Personnel (below was created by the staff)

  • Wear a mask when within 6ft of others or in a small room.
  • Clean or wash hands when you come in. Take temperature. If 100.4 or over go home.
  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID, you may come to work if you are not feeling any symptoms and as long as you avoid being in the same room as others and wear a mask.
  • When someone on staff has been exposed or tests positive, staff that can work from home (Dan, Erica, Patrick, Jodi, and Becky) are allowed to do so.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
    • Possible symptoms could be:
      • Fever
      • Chills
      • Repeated Coughing
      • Shortness of Breath
      • Loss of Taste or Smell
    • If a staff tests positive:
      • They are to stay home 10 days from test date or when symptoms begin, whichever is latest, and can return to work 3 days after feeling symptom free.
    • If positive the church will pay 2 weeks of sick leave up to 80 hours.