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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Church COVID 19 Guidelines

    These Covid-19 guidelines are a revision of those previously published. While underlying public health science and regulations have changed little since March, this revision seeks to increase clarity and ease of use.

    The New York Forward requirements (see column B) are minimum standards and are mandatory for every congregation. In addition to these requirements, the guidelines also include a set of “UNY Recommended Best Practices” (see column C). While these do not have the force of law, they are designed to further decrease the chance of infection and harm and are strongly recommended by the Bishop, the Cabinet, and the Task Force. Congregations, operating through their own “Reopening Task Force,” are responsible for making decisions about how they will keep staff, members, and visitors safe during this crisis.

    Future updates and revisions will be noted in red in subsequent versions. If you have any questions involving these guidelines, feel free to contact the COVID-19 response team of the UNY Conference via phone at (315) 898-2012 and email at covid-19response@unyumc.org.

    Click here to view and download the COVID 19 Church Guidelines document. This document works best from a computer.


    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."