Covid Protocols

COVID Protocols

For in-person experiences, participants and leaders will be required to follow certain protocols mandated by the State of Illinois.

As a Christian community, we are called to care for others, and we need to be flexible and mindful of everyone’s health and well-being.


Given the ever-changing nature of the situation, changes in our procedures may be required, sometimes with minimal notice.




  • Face Coverings

Face coverings are required to be worn by everyone at all times while in the building.



  • Temperature and Symptom Checks

Leaders will take temperatures using a non-contact, temporal thermometer. Temperatures must be below 100.4 F.

Anyone entering the building is required to daily certify the following questions:

Have you received a confirmed diagnosis by a coronavirus (COVID-19) test or from a diagnosis by a healthcare professional in the past fourteen days?

Have you had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last fourteen days?

Have you been asked to quarantine within the last fourteen days?

Anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms [e.g. answers yes to any of the screening questions or has a fever of 100.4 or higher] must leave the premises.



  • Physical Distancing

Participants will remain at least six feet apart at all times.



  • Hand Cleaning

Hand sanitizing materials are available at all entrances and in all study areas.



  • If Ill or Having Symptoms

Anyone with a fever of 100.4 F or higher must be fever-free without medication for seventy-two hours before returning.


Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness should stay home. Currently known symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, rash on extremities, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.


Any individual who has symptoms of illness and is not tested for COVID-19 is asked to stay home until symptoms are resolved or the ten-day incubation period has passed. If someone has symptoms of illness and tests negative for COVID-19, they are invited to return once symptoms are resolved and seventy-two hours after having no fever without the use of fever reducing medications. If tested, they should remain home until test results are known. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for fourteen days as well as anyone in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID19. Close contact is defined by IDPH as anyone being within six feet of someone for more than fifteen minutes.



  • Facility Cleaning

Immanuel’s contracted cleaning service will daily disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in all rooms and hallways. The day porter will also disinfect the bathrooms and door handles midday daily. All rooms that have been used are fogged with disinfectant at the end of each day by dedicated volunteers.