COVID Safety Protocols

Last updated:  April 20, 2022
For questions and more detail, please consult the Great Hall Frequently Asked Questions.
For information about attending in-person services, please visit our In-Person Services Information 

Guiding Principles

  • Remaining an inclusive and welcoming multigenerational community  

  • Showing care and compassion

  • Asking for trust that we are working towards decisions based on the best guidance we have at the moment

  • Being transparent when we don't have answers; seeking patience in response

  • Ongoing assessment of community risk data and commitment to adapt our plan as risk increases or decreases.

  • Trying to protect the health and safety of all based on current medical and scientific research, guidance from the CDC, the state of Massachusetts and our unique culture as a faith community. 

  • Engaging in practices that protect the most vulnerable, given that some of us are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

  • Protecting access for all: This means while we introduce in-person gatherings thoughtfully, we also create avenues of engagement online for those who cannot be present in person. 




Masks are essential components of preventing the spread of coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses. Everyone is asked to wear clean, well-fitted N95/ KN95 grade masks for all indoor and outdoor gatherings. Masks will be provided at the door if needed.

We ask that everyone acts responsibly in accordance with the safety guidelines for mask wearing described below.  If you notice someone who is not masked appropriately, you are welcome to kindly point it out or ask one of the service leaders to assist if you need help.  If you are unable to wear a mask, please attend our services online by Zoom or Youtube. 

Masks should:

  • Cover the nose and mouth
  • Rest securely and comfortably against the side of the face, without gaps
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops behind the head or ears
  • Research has shown that high-quality well-fitting masks such as the N95 and KN95 are most effective. We recommend this type and will have a supply on hand.  

Plate Collection

We are passing the plate and those joining on ZOOM are welcome to click on: donations online.


Congregational singing is permitted if masked. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in singing during a service or as part of the choir.  

Social Hour

Social hour will take place once a month.

Food & Drink

Avoid eating inside whenever possible. 

Drink breaks should be taken outside of the Great Hall.

Cleaning & Sanitizing

Sanitizer will be available at all entrances. Please use it.

Guidance about when not to attend

Symptoms - Do not attend if you are experiencing the following symptoms (unrelated to allergies): 

    • Fever or chills (temp of 100℉ or greater) 
    • Cough or sore throat 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Loss of appetite 
    • Headache 
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    • Muscle aches or pains 
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 
    • Abdominal pain
    • Fatigue
    • Congestion/ Runny nose

Exposure - Please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID-19, such as being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive over the past 10 days.



If you have tested positive or have any symptoms, please don’t attend in person for at least 10 days. 


Vaccinations are strongly encouraged.
Vaccinations are required for staff and RE volunteers.


Prior to Attending

Do a wellness check and be ready to certify that you are illness free and have not been exposed to COVID in the past 10 days.
Temperatures must be below 100 degrees F. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

Most common

Fever or chills
Shortness of breath  or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell


Sore throat
Muscle or body aches
Feeling of pressure in chest
Congestion or runny nose

Less common

Nausea or vomiting
Inflammatory conditions