Post COVID-19 Church Reopening Guidelines

It is our intent exercise extreme caution as we return to Sanctuary Praise and Worship Services in May 2020. Our commitment is to protect our members and their families.

High-risk members (and/or care-givers of high-risk individuals) will stay home and participate in the service online.

  • Medical experts find those at highest risk for life-threatening illness from COVID-19 are:
    • People 65 years and older
    • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
    • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions.
  • Underlying medical conditions include, but are not limited to:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions;
    • People who are immunocompromised (Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications);
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, and/or liver disease.

We will have Deacons stationed at all entrances to check the temperature of every incoming member or visitor. (Using a “no-contact” method of taking temperatures).

  • These Deacons must wear protective face coverings at all times, as well as gloves.
  • Every attendee should be asked: “Have you read and do you agree with these attendance requirements?”
  • Any attendee that is not wearing a mask and gloves will be offered a set and required to put them on before entering.
  • Any attendee that will not agree to abide by the attendance requirements will be respectfully asked to leave.

Deacons will refuse entrance to any individual who has been in contact with an infected person or who is exhibiting the following symptoms that have been associated with COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell or other neurological issue

Deacons shall sanitize all public church facilities after every gathering.

This will be time-consuming but is essential.

  • Deacons will discourage use of restroom facilities and be prepared to clean, sanitize, and disinfect following each individual usage.
  • We will have plenty of hand soap and sanitizer available for use.
  • We will have facial tissues and places to dispose of used tissues spread throughout the building.

Social distancing will be in effect.

  • The best methods will include reconfiguring the seating inside of the sanctuary.
  • The fellowship hall, the dining area, and the kitchen will be closed.
  • Deacons will instructed attendees on where to ensure social distancing.
  • Families will be instructed to enter, sit, stand, and exit as a group. No one should wander away from their family group.
    • Distancing will be kept in all direction – front, back, left and right.
    • Each family group will remain separated in all directions from other attending family groups.
  • We will remove chairs to create distance between seats.
  • We may implement multiple services to limit attendance if needed
  • All physical contact will be prohibited (handshakes, hugs, etc.).
  • Dismissal will be controlled and attendees will be instructed to exit row by row to ensure no unnecessary crowding or congregating at the exits.
  • Members will be encouraged to promptly return home and refrain from fellowshipping at the close of the service.
  • All members are required to bring and wear masks and gloves at the entrance point by all attendees
  • We intend to provide a limited supply of masks and gloves at the entrance point by all attendees who are unable to provide for themselves.
  • Deacons will direct members to enter and exit establishing a one-way traffic pattern through the building.
  • We will increase ventilation as much as possible if weather permits and prop doors open to minimize contact with door handles.

We will utilize alternative methods of administering church offerings, baptisms, and the Lord’s Supper that do not require physical contact.

We will not use physical church bulletins to limit hand-to-hand exposure.

We do not utilize a nursery, children’s church, or bus ministry.

We will conduct Sunday school and New Life Bible Study online until we are sure that all is clear.

We will conduct Afternoon and Evening services online until we are sure that all is clear.

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