Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health, Safety and Preparedness Plan
The purpose of this COVID-19 Health & Safety Preparedness Plan is to establish and explain the policies, practices and, conditions necessary to meet safely and fellowship together as the body of Christ, and at the same time comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the county Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19, and lastly, the state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
This plan encompasses all Rise Church ministries, including home fellowships, Storehouse Ministries, La Vina Church Ministries, Rise Church ministry leaders, administrative staff, volunteers, the Rise Church general congregation, and guests of the church.
Rise Church is committed to providing a safe and healthy place to corporately worship God, to fellowship with other believers, and to provide a workplace that protects Rise employees. To ensure that we have a safe and healthy place of worship, we have developed the following COVID-19 Health & Safety Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rise Church Elders are responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 to the church community, which will require full cooperation among our church body, various church ministries, fellowship leaders, and church employees. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety of our church community and a healthy place of worship. This plan addresses screening, physical distancing (seating), wearing of face masks, sanitizing of buildings and facilities.
Per the State of California and the local county public health agency, we are complying with the guidelines for reopening houses of worship. In light of this fact, Rise Church is preparing and implementing the following plan. This Health and Safety Plan is subject to change based on further guidance from state, and local public health agencies. Rise Church will monitor COVID-19-related guidance and will communicate any changes to this plan as necessary.
Health and Safety
As Rise Church Elders, we are serious about the safety and health of our church body. The Rise Elders, Staff, Greeters, and Ushers will be responsible for the supervision of the church guest and ensure that all people comply with the safety provisions of this policy while in the church building. Those in the congregation that fall under the high-risk category because of age, or due to another highrisk health issues such as chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis or liver disease should consider watching the Rise Church service from home. Additionally, People who are immunocompromised would be wise to follow the same guideline. • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications. While on church property all elders. ministry leaders, employees/staff, volunteers, congregation, and guests of the church will follow CDC coronavirus safe practices, such as: • hygiene and respiratory etiquette; • physical distancing; • cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination and ventilation; • identification and isolation of sick persons; • communications and instructions for the Rise Congregation
Screening and Sick Policies
The church body, church volunteers, and employees are encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to church. Until further notice, the following screening and sick policies and procedures shall be implemented. These procedures are used to assess health status prior to entering the church building.
1. At the parking lot pedestrian gate, the temperature of anyone entering will be scanned with a no-touch thermometer.
2. Anyone showing a fever of 100.4 or more will be asked to return home and quarantine themselves and should not physically contact anyone other than their immediate family for at least 14-days. Any family in direct physical contact with the sick person should follow the same quarantine guidelines.
1. The doors to the foyer and to the sanctuary will remain open before service and at all times during, and after service.
2. Greeters/Screeners shall perform no-touch temperature and symptom screening at the entrance gate from the parking lot before allowing anyone to enter the building.
3. Screening shall be performed with permission of each person, or in the case of a child the parent must give permission. If permission is refused, the person will be denied entry into the building.
4. All visitors to the church will be asked to sanitize their hands prior to or immediately upon entering the facility. Hand-sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60% alcohol) are at the entrance of the church building.
5. Physical distancing between non-family members in the sanctuary shall consist of two empty seats, or three seats and an aisle on either side of each person, family, or caregiver. Families and/ or caregivers may sit together only if they have been in close contact on a regular basis.
6. After service, please remain seated until your row is excused by an usher or the Pastor.
7. For the safety of others, face coverings will be mandatory at all times inside the church building except for those who are leading the service (and will maintain safe distancing).
8. Per established state guidelines ushers will allow no more than 85 people or less in the sanctuary at one time, and no more than 10 people will be allowed in a classroom or small group fellowship.
9. Children must wear a facial covering along with parents and must be under the control of their parents at all times, and not having physical contact with other adults or children.
10. We ask that children under the age of 2-years stay home with a parent for their own safety, as facial coverings can be dangerous for anyone 2-years and under.
11. There will be no shared items such as offering bags, bibles, and corporate communion plates.
12. Other than families living together, or caregivers, physical distancing of six feet shall be practiced at all times.
13. Avoid all physical contact with others, handshakes, hugs, high-fives, fist bumps and etc.
14. For your safety, the water dispenser in the foyer will not be available for use. 15. Bottles of drinking water or personal water containers may be brought into the sanctuary and used, but not refilled at water dispensers at church. Please make sure you carry them out of the service with you for proper disposal.
16. Only one persons will be allowed in a restroom at a time unless they are immediate family members.
17. Our time of praise and worship will be shortened to minimize exposure. Even during our time of praise and worship, a facial mask will be required at all times.
1. Handwashing basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our church. After touching door-handles or high-touch surfaces such as countertops, and after using the restroom, you are instructed to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
2. As a precaution, ushers shall have bottles of hand sanitizer available when needed.
3. Practice respiratory etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching your face, in particular your mouth, nose, and eyes, with your hands. Dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize your hands immediately.
4. Maintain the separation between chairs. You may sit next to immediate family but please allow a distance of at least two chairs between you and others, or between your family and others.
5. Ushers and greeters should wear masks or nonmedical cloth face coverings, gloves, and have disinfectant immediately available for use.
6. Increased housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of door handles, commonly touched surfaces, including restrooms, sanctuary, meeting rooms.
7. The air conditioning and ventilation system has had maintenance performed, including and ducts replaced, and/or cleaned. Additionally, system air filters have been changed.
8. The maximum amount of fresh air is being brought into the building, air recirculation is being limited and ventilation systems are being properly used and maintained. Steps are also being taken to minimize airflow blowing across people.
Safety Procedures, Employees, Laypersons, and Volunteers
1. Employees of the church are asked to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout their work shift, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any mealtimes and after using the toilet.
2. Rise Church offices, phones, pens, computer equipment, desks, workstations, along with personal work tools and equipment will not be shared. If tools, or equipment is used by more than one Rise Church employee or ministry they must be cleaned and disinfected between users.
3. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, copy machines, door handles, railings and, etc.
4. Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfectant supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets, and manufacturer specifications that are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.
5. The Health and Safety Plan shall be posted at the doors to the building. Electronic copies of this plan are available upon request from the church office. 6. Further communication, health and safety information, along with possible training shall be shared with employees, laypersons, and volunteers when changes to this plan are implemented by the Rise leadership.