COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN
June 10, 2020
Cornerstone Community Church (CCC) is committed to providing a safe and healthy place of worship for all our congregants. Our desire as we regather is to do so in a way that exalts God, loves our neighbors, and honors those the Lord has placed in governing authority. To help ensure we accomplish those goals, the following Preparedness Plan was developed. Staff and volunteers are all responsible for implementing this plan.
To mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our place of worship and communities requires full cooperation among our congregants. Only together can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our family, friends, and neighbors.
This Preparedness Plan addresses:
- hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
- controls for social distancing;
- housekeeping – cleaning, disinfection, and decontamination;
- prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
- communications and training that will be provided to volunteers and congregants
Screening for Staff and Volunteers
The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess health status prior to entering the place of worship. All staff and volunteers will do a self-check before coming to service. If someone is experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea), they will report the situation to a pastor or to the Welcome Team lead, so a replacement can be found.
Signage will be posted to inform congregants that if they are sick they should not come into service.
The Welcome Team members will be on the lookout for any external symptoms and ask those who have symptoms to not enter service.
We will strongly urge all higher risk staff and members to stay home and participate in services remotely. The livestream of our service will continue indefinitely.
Children are welcome to join in service, but they must stay with parents at all times.
Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette
Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our place of worship at all times. Sanitation stations will be set up at the entrance of the building and the auditorium. Congregants are encouraged to wash their hands frequently.
All congregants are asked to bring masks, and masks will be provided for those who do not have one. Masks are highly recommended while singing.
For the time being, communion will be celebrated using individually wrapped wafer and juice sets.
Social Distancing Controls
CCC is implementing the following rules to maintain social distancing during service. To reduce high-touch areas, the Welcome Team will open doors as members enter the building. Other doors will be propped open to avoid contact with handles.
The chairs will be arranged so that social distancing is maintained between households while complying with occupancy restriction.
No handouts will be given directly hand to hand.
No congregating inside the building is allowed before or after service. Congregants will exit the building before conversing in compliance with the social distancing protocol.
Congregants will be strongly encouraged to abstain from handshakes and hugs. And we ask that you not use the water fountains.
We will maintain no more than 50% capacity, or 233 people within the auditorium.
Cleaning and Disinfection
Regular disinfecting practices will be implemented to clean and disinfect high-touch areas, including the chairs and bathrooms after service. Sound and video equipment will be disinfected after each use.
CCC has already purchased, and will have installed by the end of June, bipolar ionization technology that will be added to the existing HVAC system to greatly improve the indoor air quality by reducing airborne particles, and by killing viruses, mold spores, and bacteria.
Communications and Training
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is to be communicated to CCC through social media platforms, our website, member email, and verbally.
The Welcome Team members will communicate policies and procedures to any visitors.
Basic hygiene reminders and similar guidance will be posted at doors. These methods will be used multiple times to continually update the church and guests about changing policies and procedures.
This Preparedness Plan will be updated as necessary.
Sunday Celebration worship services will still be streamed live on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am from our website and our Facebook page.