May 26 COVID-19 update

Based on the May 26 announcement from the provincial government, we will be holding both Live-Streaming and In-Person worship starting this Sunday, May 30, 2021.  Our statement from February 2021, Moving Forward – With Intention, allows groups to re-establish programs and services based on guidance from the province. 

Please read the following to learn more. 

Mill Woods United Church: Moving Forward – With Intention(Updated by Council on January 26, 2021 to begin on February 1, 2021)

  • We will hold both in-building and live streamed Sunday worship beginning February 7, 2021, encouraging those ready to return to attend, while staying within the capacity limits established by the provincial government.
  • Children’s program resources will continue to be sent to families with young children on a weekly basis and we will look at ways to further engage families with young children.
  • Our staff will move towards the norm of working from the church building and regular office hours will be in place, as provincial restrictions are lifted.
  • Food Bank pick-up and Bread Run programming will continue using established protocol.
  • Our Clothing Bank will be open by appointment on Tuesday afternoons following established protocol.
  • Opportunities to build community, nurture spiritual needs and bring people together within provincial health parameters will be encouraged through study sessions, social events, Zoom gatherings and other creative means.
  • The church building will be made available for Council meetings, choir practices, committee meetings, study groups, social events, or non-essential maintenance as provincial restriction are lifted and as groups wish to move forward using established protocol.
  • We will be open to rental and outside group programming in the building as provincial restrictions are lifted and groups wish to return, using established protocol.
  • Those entering the church building will sign in, wear a protective face covering, maintain a physical distance of two metres, and sanitize hands upon entering and leaving.
  • We continue to advise anyone coming to the church building to phone ahead at 780-463-2202 to ensure someone is there to assist them.

Assumptions and Background on which the Plan is based:

  • The overall health and safety of all staff, volunteers and members of our church community is a primary consideration.
  • We continue to work within the changing parameters established by the Alberta government, while being agile enough to adapt as needed.
  • We maximize the number of opportunities we can provide to engage members of our church community.
  • We support the ongoing efforts of our outreach groups to provide quality service to our community.
  • We will move forward as quickly as feasible to have our staff working as much as possible from the church building.
  • We will act very intentionally to re-engage people in ways in which they are comfortable and provide individual contacts and invitations to people to participate in the life and work of our congregation.

Reopening Alberta: Government of Alberta’s plan May 26, 2021

Stage 1: Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Effective June 1 unless stated otherwise.

  • Places of worship – 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)
  • Outdoor social gatherings – up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities – up to 10 distanced people, all ages
  • Personal and wellness services – re-open, by appointment only
  • Funeral services – up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Wedding ceremonies – up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Restaurants – 4 people per table max, outdoors, households only or 2 close contacts for those living alone
  • Retail – 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Stage 2: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Expected to be in effect mid-June.

  • Outdoor social gatherings – up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries) – open at 30% of fire code occupancy
  • Gyms and fitness studios – open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
  • Funeral services – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Wedding ceremonies – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Places of worship – 1/3 of fire code occupancy
  • Personal and wellness services – resume walk-in service
  • Post-secondary – resume in-person learning
  • Restaurants – 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors
  • Retail – 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
  • Youth activities (day camps, play centres) – resume with restrictions
  • Youth and adult sports – resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
  • Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) – up to 150 people
  • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) – 1/3 seated capacity
  • Work from home order is lifted but still recommended
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Expected to be effective in late June or early July.

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain