**UPDATED ANKENY FIRST COVID-19 GUIDANCE - 11/11/21**
We are at the point in the COVID-19 pandemic where vaccinations and boosters are readily available, treatments are expanding, and knowledge continues to grow. We are therefore changing our guidance and now asking you to take personal responsibility for your health and for the health of others regarding masks. Our community and beyond will most likely experience ups and downs in positivity rates throughout the future, so we encourage you to be mindful and educated about what those changes mean regarding the health of those around you.
FOOD/DRINK – Food/drink is again allowed in our buildings for events/gatherings. Fellowship time is open.
WORSHIP/IN OUR BUILDINGS – Please take personal responsibility for your health and others regarding Covid-19. Masks are optional for anyone aged 12 and up.
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. Sunday School teachers and other volunteers for children’s activities will remain masked for their safety. Vaccinations are now approved for children ages 5-11, but we are continuing masking as a period of time must be allotted for completing full vaccination status.
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.