COVID PROTOCOL – REVISITING AND REVISING AUGUST 2020

The elder team has reviewed the state guidelines and the protocols we set up at the beginning of the pandemic. We have discussed some of the areas in which we can keep people safer and minimize the chances of spreading this virus to our church family. Above all else, we love you and want to keep you safe.

  1. First, please be reminded that if you have a fever or are ill in any way, please stay home and join the service on Facebook Live. Let us know so we can pray for you.
  2. If you have traveled to another state (or any foreign country) that is not on the “safe” list you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. The only states currently considered safe are Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, New York and New Jersey. Effective August 9th, Rhode Island is not considered safe for travel and those who do travel there are required by the state of MA to self- quarantine for 14 days.
  3. Our greeters will meet you outside the door instead of inside and will dispense hand sanitizer for you as you enter. Please clean your hands well before entering.
  4. As you do enter the building, please put on your face covering until you are seated.
  5. Please do not congregate in the foyer but go directly into the sanctuary while waiting for the service to begin. It’s a great time for some prayer!
  6. You are not required to wear a face-covering while in your seat. We ask that you do wear your it when getting up to use the restroom and until you return to your seat.
  7. When the service is ended please put your face covering on and exit the building. Please fellowship with one another outside, please do not congregate in the foyer.
  8. If someone needs prayer after the service social distancing must be followed – that means no hands will be placed on the person and all involved in praying need to stay 6’ away from each other. We DO want to minister to needs but we want to do it in the safest way possible.
  9. Enjoy fellowship outside after the service but please maintain social distancing. Face coverings are not required outside or at any time when social distancing can be maintained.

 

Thank you for your cooperation!

 

 

 

 

 

What we are doing to keep you safe.

  1. After each meeting every touchable surface is being sanitized. This includes all door knobs, counters, light switches, toilet handles, seats, stall handles,
  2. The sanctuary is aired out during the week. When it is not too hot or too cold outside during a service, we will crack the windows a bit to allow some fresh air flow.

What you can do to keep yourself safe.

  1. Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. Watch the service online.
  2. Remain socially distant from others while at church – this means no touching, hugging, laying on of hands.
  3. Eat a healthy diet, get enough rest, get lots of fresh air. Research ways to build your immune system, your physician/nurse will be able to provide you with good information.
  4. Practice good hygiene especially handwashing – preferably with soap and rubbing your hands together for 20 seconds.
  5. When using restrooms use toilet paper to lock and unlock the stall and to flush the toilet. Washing hands with soap is preferable or use hand sanitizer before leaving the restroom.

 

The Current State Guidelines for church safety protocols including the use of face coverings are posted on the bulletin board outside of the office door. Those exempted from face coverings/mask are listed below. If you are exempt per the information below it is imperative that you remain 6’ socially distant from one another.

Who is exempted from wearing a face covering?

Exceptions for wearing face masks include situations that may inhibit an individual from wearing a face-mask safely. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Those who cannot breathe safely;
  • Those who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis, are unable to do so;
  • Those communicating with people who rely on lip-reading;
  • Those who require supplemental oxygen to breathe; and
  • Those who are exercising outdoors and are able to keep physical distance from others.