IFFP COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines

Updated February 9, 2022

Masks

Masks are required indoors for all attendees above the age of two, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn in a manner that completely covers the nose and mouth

(Update) When possible, please wear an upgraded mask (surgical, KF94, KN95, N95). Free upgraded masks should be available at a local CVS, public library, or other location depending on where you live.

(Update) Masks must be worn indoors at all times by all attendees, including readers or other members speaking at the podium. Clergy leading the Gathering may remove masks at the podium if at least eight feet separates them from others.

Vaccinations

All IFFP Staff, Teachers, and Interns are vaccinated. With the following exceptions, we ask that you attend in person only if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and preferably have received a vaccine booster.

  • Those who are not eligible to be vaccinated are welcome to attend. 
  • Children who have not yet been vaccinated are welcome to attend. 

We encourage you to join us virtually via our live stream if you are eligible to be vaccinated and are not.

Attendance

If you or anyone in your household does not feel well or has tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous two weeks, please stay home and join us virtually.

In order to ensure physical distancing is possible and to facilitate contact tracing should the need arise, we will have registration for in-person attendance. Although we will not be checking at the door, we do ask that you register ahead of each Sunday. 

We ask that people sit with their households, leaving approximately six feet between themselves and other groups. Please avoid crowding while entering or exiting the gym or while passing through the corridors. Bathrooms are fully accessible – no capacity limits at this time.

Similarly, we ask that Sunday School students leave three to six feet between themselves and classmates or teachers who are not part of their household. 

Music

Given the unique risks posed by singing, our musician(s) will be permitted to lead us in song if they are masked and at least eight feet away from attendees. We will limit instruments to strings, percussion, etc. (no brass or woodwind).  

Please hum along with the music rather than singing.

Eating and Drinking

We will not be providing food or drinks. If bringing your own food or drink, please eat or drink outside if possible or away from others if inside.

Hygiene

Please greet each other in a safe and comfortable way. (Hugging and hand-shaking are not recommended.) Please encourage your children to practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizers will be available at the Gathering and in the classrooms. 

Reporting

If you or your family is diagnosed with COVID-19 within two weeks of attending an IFFP event in person, please promptly notify Miranda Hovemeyer by email at miranda@iffp.org.