Church COVID Safety Committee

Things to Keep in Mind as We Transition Back into Indoor Church Gatherings

What can you do to prevent the spread of germs & viruses?

 

General guidelines for our overall health & wellbeing:

  • Please enjoy church activities (see link on back of page) from home, if you or your family member:
    • Have had an elevated temperature (100.4 or higher) in the last 24 hours.
    • Have taken medication to reduce/prevent an elevated temperature, in the last 24 hours.
  • Sanitize &/or wash hands frequently and prior to entering meeting rooms - sanitizing stations will be available outside each room, for your convenience.

What is your church leadership doing to promote our overall health & wellbeing?

  • In Sabbath School rooms for the younger children (Cradle Roll, Kindergarten…):
    • Provide each child with their own toys/props for participation in the programs.
    • Continue with weekly cleaning/sanitizing of the toys/props.

What does church leadership recommend to limit the spread or exposure of COVID-19?

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms) of COVID-19, follow the CDC’s guidelines and enjoy church services from home.
  • For all indoor church gatherings:
    • If more than 5 people, older than 2 years of age, are present in a meeting room, social distancing and wearing masks are encouraged.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms within 48 hours of attending a church activity? 

  • Contact your local public health department or healthcare provider.
  • Notify the pastor or leader of the church activity you attended.
  • Refrain from in-person attendance of all church activities for 10 days after symptoms first appeared and you have been 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

 

What will the church leadership do if someone tests positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of attending a church activity?

  • Notify the church members, via email, that someone at a specific church activity has tested positive for COVID-19 and attendees should watch for symptoms of COVID-19 per CDC guidelines and consult with their healthcare provider for further help.
    • Protect the identity of the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Cancel the specific Sabbath School/weekly meeting for one (1) week.
    • Invite people to watch streamed Sabbath services from home. See resource links on the back of this page.

Links:

CDC Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines
Standifer Gap SDA Church Livestream Services
Children’s Sabbath School Videos and Activities