Return to In-Person Activities

The following policy was adopted by the Church Council at a special meeting June 24, 2020. Please review it carefully. This will be the practice when we return to in person activities sometime after our Church Council meeting on August 12, 2020. Council will review the situation at that time and determine if we can safely return to in person worship and activities in the near future.

Guidance for Faith UCC in the time of COVID 19 Virus

Hygienic and cleaning practices
 Encourage use of flexible or virtual options whenever possible.
 * Jim F Post signs on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 and promote everyday protective measures.
 Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by * Greeter opening windows and doors, using fans, and so on.
 Keep adequate hygiene supplies for use, such as soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, * Pam Z hand sanitizer (with at least 60 percent alcohol).
 Keep gloves and hand sanitizer available for those handling money after services.
 Use a cloth face covering at all gatherings and when in the building by everyone except children aged less than 2 years old. * Pam Z Keep extra face masks available for use as needed
 Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs after use of the church to reduce pathogens until more thorough custodial care. Ushers will assume this task after Sunday service, and volunteers should assist after other gatherings.
 The custodian will thoroughly clean and disinfect after Sunday services, waiting at least 24 hours from Sunday to do so.
 Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.

Promoting social distancing
 Limit the size of gatherings in accordance with the guidance and directives of state and local authorities.
 If appropriate and possible, add additional services to weekly schedules to maintain social distancing at each service.
 Hold services and gatherings in a large, well-ventilated area or outdoors, as circumstances allow.
 Space out seating for attendees who do not live in the same household to at least six feet apart when possible; consider limiting seating to alternate rows. * Matt and Usher
 Consider whether a gathering may need to have attendance limited or be held virtually if social distancing is difficult, such as funerals, weddings, religious education classes, and other groups using Faith UCC facility. * Bob L
 Consider virtual visits by clergy (by phone or online) instead of in-home or hospital visits. Exceptions for compassionate care situations are left to clergy discretion.
 * Jim F Place tape on sidewalk approaching entrance to denote 6 foot spacing.
 Greeters use automatic door opener for people entering the building.
 Use projected information during service in lieu of bulletins and hymnals. * Bob L
 Encourage use of on-line giving for financial contributions. Consider a stationary collection plate on a chair by the exit for those who wish to give in person. * Usher
 Consider alternatives to singing aloud to reduce transmission of pathogens, such as humming and/or whistling. * Bob L / Meagan
 Congregants should exit the sanctuary row by row with guidance from the usher.
 Maintain physical spacing at all times, using virtual hugs. Serving food and beverage should be limited. If it is offered, use commercial carafes and individually packaged foods. Use recyclable cups and plates. No gathering in the kitchen for eating and socializing. * Deb / Bob L approve requests

Monitoring and preparing
 Anyone with the virus must stay home until completely healed. * Newsletter item and/or email
 Advise sick staff and congregants to delay their return to the facility until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.
 Anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms during church will be encouraged to return home. Should they be too ill to transport themselves, have procedures to assist with safe transportation to their home or a health-care facility. * Ann S
 Inform those with exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. * Newsletter item and or email
 Notify local health officials if a person diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the facility.
Communicate with staff and congregants about potential exposure while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other applicable laws an in accordance with religious practices. * Bob L
 Close off areas used by the sick person and do not use the area until after cleaning and disinfection. Delay 24 hours to clean and disinfect to reduce risk to individuals cleaning. If unable to wait, delay as long as possible. * Bob L confer with Matt
 Implement flexible sick leave and related policies and practices for staff (e.g., allow work from home when feasible)