Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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Image Covid 19 Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation,

and Recovery Plan for Phase 3

  1. PPE Utilization
    1. All participants will be required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while inside the building, with the exception of those ministering from the pulpit.
    2. Seating in the sanctuary will be established at a minimum of 15’ from the pulpit.
    3. Appropriate face masks will be available for those arriving without masks.

  2. On-Location Physical Distancing
    1. During Phase 3, the FBC facility will have a maximum occupancy of 50 people plus the necessary organizational staff (pastor, worship leader, usher(s), musician(s), sound booth operator, financial secretary, and designated COVID-19 Supervisor).
    2. All participants will be encouraged to maintain appropriate physical distancing throughout the facility. Seating in the sanctuary will be in keeping with the 6’ recommendations (immediate households may sit as a group).
    3. Nursery services will not be provided while the physical distancing recommendations are in place. Parents/Guardians of attending children are asked to ensure their appropriate physical distancing and PPE utilization.

  3. Traffic Movement
    1. Only the main entrance to the sanctuary will be utilized by participants other than staff. All other entrances/exits will have posters directing people to the main entrance doors. These posters will include everyday measures for helping stop the spread of COVID-19.
    2. The flow of traffic will be as follows: when facing the main entrance doors from the outside, the doors on the right will be for entering and the doors on the left will be for exiting. This will be clearly marked. Other rooms aside from restrooms will not be available or accessible.
    3. During Phase 3, restroom use will be limited to a maximum of two people at a time. Only the main restrooms on the upper floor will be open. Anyone waiting for the restroom is asked to wait 6’ or more from the entrance. If there is an urgent need while the main restrooms are occupied, the restroom in the Study Center may be used.

  4. Hygiene
    1. Anyone who isn’t feeling well or who is exhibiting symptoms should not attend an in-person gathering. All participants are encouraged to have practiced good hygiene prior to gathering with the church. While in the building, participants are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, etc. Hand sanitizer, tissues, and trash cans will be provided.
    2. Offerings will continue to be accepted in the drop box. Special offerings involving passing a plate will not be conducted during Phase 3.
    3. Communion, fellowship meals, and/or social food will not be served during Phase 3.

  5. Sanitation
    1. All hard surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected before, between and after all gatherings.This includes all regularly contacted surfaces with an emphasis on door handles, push bars, the backs and ends of the pews, and restroom surfaces.
    2. The HVAC has been checked for proper operation and current filters. If weather permits, windows will be open for fresh air flow.

  6. Symptom Monitoring
    1. Any person who is exhibiting symptoms after having entered the facility will be quarantined in the Sunbeam Room (which will not be in service during this time). Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body/head aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. The COVID-19 Supervisor will be informed. He will ensure that the person is safely transported to their home or an appropriate healthcare facility.
    2. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must not return to services until they have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.

  7. Incident Reporting
    1. The COVID-19 Supervisor will notify local health officials if a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the facility. He will also communicate this information to the deacons, who will determine how and when to communicate this with the congregation. Care will be taken to maintain confidentiality.

  1. Location Disinfection Procedures
    1. The building will be disinfected according to CDC guidelines as outlined on their website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

  1. COVID-19 Safety Training
    1. All staff and volunteers will receive the following information and instruction: (1) The CDC Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/faith-based.html), (2) the most recent guidelines for church services issued by the State of Washington, and (3) the most recent edition of this document.

  1. Exposure Response Procedures
    1. Anyone exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be advised to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms and to follow CDC guidelines if symptoms develop.
    2. Any area of the facility that has been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be closed off until it has been cleaned and disinfected. The area will remain closed for 24 hours before cleaning may begin.

  2. Post-Exposure Incident Project-Wide Recovery Plan
    1. If it is found that the building was exposed to COVID-19, it will not be occupied again until it has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines.
    2. Anyone who was present will be notified of their possible exposure and encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days and/or consult their physician.

  3. Least-Restrictive Environment
    1. The First Baptist Church is committed to obeying all laws and directives which do not require disobedience to Scripture.
    2. Any and all provisions in this document will be immediately superseded by any simplification, reduction, or removal of the requirements relevant to COVID-19 by appropriate civil authority.