**UPDATED ANKENY FIRST MASK GUIDANCE - 8/31/21**
Our path through the Covid-19 pandemic has been rooted in following the guidance of the CDC. They have recently updated their mask recommendations that we are also adopting inside our buildings. The guidance is as follows: To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, the CDC recommends all persons (including those fully vaccinated) wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
FOOD/DRINK - Due to increased positivity rates for COVID-19, we are currently changing our policy regarding food and drink until further notice. Until cases drop, we will not have on-site events that serve food and drink where it is consumed on premises. Carry-out/grab-and-go programs will continue.
WORSHIP - Registration to attend worship is no longer required. Capacity limits have been lifted.
SMALL GROUPS can remain on Zoom/online or meet in person (masked or unmasked) depending upon their vaccination and comfort levels. This will be left up to each group individually.
YOUTH GROUP will follow the same recommendations as we offer adults.
CHILDREN - We will continue to require masks for children in Sunday school, and are monitoring class sizes to ensure the safety of our children. Sunday School teachers will remain masked for the safety of our children.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT COVID-19
• If you are not feeling well or know you've been exposed to someone who has tested positive, please stay home and keep others safe. You can still watch worship on-line.
• If you have been to worship or other activity at Ankeny First and you test positive for COVID-19 within the CDC guidance for community exposure, please call the church at 515-964-4249 and ask for Rhonda Alessio (your identity will remain confidential). We will then walk through a series of contact tracing questions to ensure we do our best to minimize subsequent exposures.