Responding to Coronavirus
Is your church prepared to respond to a pandemic in your community, like the coronavirus?
If you have established a policy and plan in advance, you show your church that you are prepared, not panicked, should a pandemic impact your area.
OUR PANDEMIC RESPONSE POLICY
This pandemic response policy has been developed by a task force of Well of Grace church staff, safety personnel, and medical personnel to ensure we are prepared to respond if a pandemic impacts our church and local community.
PANDEMIC RESPONSE PLAN
The pandemic response task force will monitor pandemic conditions by utilizing resources from local and state health departments, the CDC, and FEMA. Should pandeminc conditions be present in our community and average Sunday attendance suddendly drop by 25%, phase 1 of the plan will be implemented. At this time, the church will communicate with staff, ministry leaders, church members, and non-church groups that use the facility to ensure all are aware of details regarding phase 2 and phase 3, should those phases become necessary to implement. During phase 1, increased cleanings of the facility will take place.
If average attendance drops by 40%, phase 2 will implemented. During this phase, normal Sunday operations adjust to ensure minimal hand-to-hand contact between people occurs, such as propping open doors, skipping greeting time during services, and placing offering buckets or Lord’s Supper elements in central locations instead of passing from person-to-person. Additional church activities, such as weeknight Bible studies, will be canceled; facility access by non-church groups will be restricted; and church staff will work remotely.
If average attendance drops by 50-60%, phase 3 will be implemented. At this time, services will be canceled and a livestream or online video option will be offered. A deep cleaning of the facility will also occur.
Once local conditions begin to improve, the pandemic response task force will make and communicate decisions and a timeline to return to normal operations.
For questions and concerns contact us:
PANDEMIC RESPONSE POLICY PDF
Please check out the CDC's guidelines for up-to-date information regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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This Communication Toolkit for Community and Faith-based Organizations from the Centers for Disease Control provides fact sheets, easy-to-use template letters or e-mails, and other materials to assist community and faith-based organizations (CFBOs) communicate about the flu(can also be used as a guideline line for COVID-19).
This preparedness checklist from the Centers for Disease Control provides guidance for churches in developing and improving influenza pandemic response and preparedness plans.
Consider the following cleaning suggestions for your church as part of your pandemic response plan.
Consider the following hygiene practices for your guest services team as part of your church’s pandemic response plan.
Graphics to help you engage your church during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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