Reopening news


Your health and safety are our #1 concern!

Consider your risk:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the health of Californians is not yet fully known. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), certain groups, including people aged 65 or older and those with serious underlying medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at higher risk of hospitalization and serious complications.
  • Come back for worship only if you feel ready and comfortable. You can continue to join our online worship and stay connected.

Worship Reservation

Because we want to comply with the current CDPH guideline which requires places of worship must limit attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.

  • Reservation is on a first-come-first serve. We will manage the situation so that everyone who wants to come back for in-person worship will have a chance to do that.
  • We will need your name and contact information when you make a reservation. It helps us with record tracking when such needs arise.
  • More details will be posted here as we approach the actual reopening date.
Expect a new worship time:
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● To allow time for in-between worship cleaning and disinfection, we need to shorten our worship time to 45 minutes for each language service.
● New schedule: Cantonese 9am; Mandarin 11am; English 1pm
Expect a new check-in procedure:
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● One way entry from the Fellowship Hall. Our greeters will give you a warm welcome. Sorry no hugs or shaking hands just yet!
● Everyone entering church requires to wear a face covering (we will provide one for you if you don’t have one)
● Go through check in stations for temperature check and basic screening questions.
● Sanitize hands after check in
● Practice social distancing when waiting in line
● No personal contact
● No food and drink
Entering the sanctuary:
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● Our ushers will guide you for seating
● Seats would be placed in cluster and space out 6 feet apart inside the sanctuary
● No passing of any items during worship
● Bibles and other items would have been removed from pews
● Holy Communion will be done with a pre-packaged set
● When worship is finished, please exit church. Avoid congregating in lobbies or other church areas to promote minimal contact
Families with children and/or youth:
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Children’s and youth ministry are not available when we first reopen. Minors will need to be with their parents at all times.
Families with elderly:
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Sunday ride ministry is not available when we reopen. For seniors, since they are more vulnerable to COVID-19, we recommend them to come back for in-person worship at a later time when more restrictions are lifted.

This is what we are going to do

  • We are committed to abiding by the CDPH guidelines and ensure to provide a safe and healthy environment for our staff, congregants and visitors. Our facility is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized throughout the week using proper chemicals and disinfectants recommended by the health authorities.
  • On Sunday, we will arrange to clean and sanitize areas of use, and all commonly touched areas before and in-between worship services.
  • Prominent signage will be posted in highly-visible locations, to remind congregants/visitors to abide by the health and safety measures.

Any questions or suggestions?

Email us at reopening@cefcla.org if you have any questions or suggestions.
We will continue to update our communication through this page as we move forward to our reopening.