Covid and Community Health Safety at Newday
Frequently Asked Questions
May 2, 2021
What are the agreed-upon Community Health Standards at Newday?
- When I or a member of my household has any symptoms of infection, we will utilize virtual services instead of in-person worship to minimize spread of disease.
We will practice common public health measures such as hand hygiene, sneezing into elbows, etc.
When it comes to community health, what does personal responsibility look like at Newday?
- When it comes to community health at Newday, personal responsibility means being willing to both accept the importance of the standards Newday has established and make personal efforts to live by those standards.
As followers of Jesus, we believe personal responsibility always includes the way we care for each other and the "next person." We take Scripture to heart: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others" (Philippians 2:3).
How are decisions made at Newday relative to community health?
- Guidance from the CDC, CDPHE, Douglas County Health department, Rocky Mountain Adventist conference, PEPC leadership, and Newday health advisors are all considered in collaboration surrounding health safety recommendations. Newday is committed to a holistic approach, which includes considering our spiritual and emotional well-being and the fact that we as human beings are designed for community.
Are masks still required?
- Outdoors: Masks are not required but are an option for unvaccinated or susceptible individuals.
In-doors: Fully vaccinated individuals are recommended to wear a mask until seated and then may remove masks while appropriately distanced. This is recommended by Douglas County until the local incidence of COVID falls below 35/100,000 population (the rate as of 5/2/2021 is 210/100,000). For unvaccinated individuals, masks are always recommended while indoors at this time.
Why are guidelines different for kids in the worship service and kids in Kidventure?
- During worship services, all attendees are encouraged to follow the guidelines as outlined above.
When children enter the care of the Kids Ministry team, they enter a "childcare facility." The CDPHE encourages all children 3 and older to wear a mask. All volunteers and teachers are required to wear a mask while working with children.
Do I need to preregister for worship at Newday? Why?
- We currently wish to continue tracking attendance in the case of an infectious disease outbreak at Newday. This is also the recommendation of Douglas County and the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Preregistering enhances efficient flow when entering services, but walk-ins are also perfectly fine.
When can all restrictions be safely lifted?
- The COVID pandemic, or any community acquired illnesses are very dynamic by nature, with constant need to reassess. Collaboration with all relevant partners will continue and guidance will be communicated as needed.