Physical Distancing. To ensure we comply with physical distancing requirements we agree to do the following:
At least 6 feet apart with seating and while conversing (household members may sit together)
As per NYS mandates, masks must be worn in public gatherings, at all times, unless individual circumstances (e.g. breathing issues, claustrophobia, etc.)
The nursery, at this time, will not be staffed however it can be used by a parent with their child or children if needed. All social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.
Children's church will be suspended until further notice
Limit number of people in bathrooms to one at a time
Mark with tape and/or signs 6 feet of spacing in commonly used areas such as restrooms and kitchen area
Section 2: Places A. Protective Equipment
Masks and gloves will be available on the Welcome Desk
Masks and gloves will be disposable to eliminate the need of cleaning. There will be a trash receptacle outside to dispose of them in.
Sharing of materials/equipment
Communion will be offered in individual, pre-packaged sealed containers. They will be on a table at entry to sanctuary so they can be obtained as people enter.
Sound equipment will be set-up/adjusted by the individual using it
No sharing of church Bibles, or reuse of written materials such as song sheets. If a Bible is needed, the Church will provide one and the individual will take it home
B. Hygiene and Cleaning. We agree to comply with the following:
Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NY Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning.
Cleaning log will be hanging on the back of the door in the cleaning closet
Cleaning log will be maintained by Noelle Hughes and Wendy Pulver
Hand hygiene stations:
Hand washing stations will be the sinks in both restrooms and the sink in the kitchen area
Hand sanitizer will be available at the Welcome Desk, Outside of restrooms, and at the sanctuary exit
We will promote good hand hygiene by placing signs.
Conduct cleaning after each service/event
After each service/event a cleaning will occur that includes:
Cleaning the bathrooms including sanitizing handles on sinks and toilets
Wiping down welcome desk with a sanitizing spray
Sanitizing door handles
Sanitizing other shared surfaces
Signage will be posted to remind people to adhere to proper hygiene, physical distancing, and use of PPE
Communication will be done on either Facebook, email or a verbal announcement. We will utilize whichever is appropriate for the subject matter
Maintain a log of people at HCCF
HCCF will have an attendance sheet that will be at the Welcome Desk and the individual serving there will “check off” people on the list as they enter. Any new visitors not on the list will be asked for their name and contact info and it will be recorded on the sheet. Once service is over the log will be stored on HCCF’s Google Drive.
If a worker tests positive for COVID-19, a board member of HCCF will notify state and local health departments and cooperate with tracing efforts while maintaining confidentiality.
Section 3: Process
Health screening for people serving:
Any one serving at HCCF will complete a health screening prior to arriving at HCCF.
Questions on health screening (to be updated as CDC revises list of symptoms):
Have you had any of the following symptoms in the past 14 days?
Fever or Chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Have you tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
Have you had any close contact with someone who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Do you have a fever over 100.4 degrees?
If they answer yes to any of the above they will not come to HCCF for 14 days or have a negative COVID test.
HCCF requires a person to immediately disclose if and when their responses to any of the aforementioned questions changes, such as if they begin to experience symptoms, including during or outside of work hours.
An individual who screens positive for COVID-19 symptoms must not be allowed to enter the gathering place and must be sent home with instructions to contact their healthcare provider for assessment and testing.
A member of the HCCF board will provide such individuals with information on healthcare and testing resources
A member of the HCCF board will immediately notify the state and local health department about the case if test results are positive for COVID-19 and they are so informed by the affected person or persons.
HCCF will refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for employees seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the employee had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.
For normal Sunday services the Secretary of the HCCF board will be the central point of contact. He will be responsible for:
receiving and attesting to having reviewed all questionnaires
Being identified as the party for individuals to inform if they later are experiencing COVID-19- related symptoms, as noted on the questionnaire.
The Treasurer of the HCCF board will be the site safety monitor whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the site safety plan.
Contact tracing and disinfection of contaminated areas in the event of a positive case.
Any possibly contaminated area will be cleaned using:
One of the approved products on the New York State Registered Disinfectants list
An alternative solution such as ⅓ cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water or 70% (or higher) alcohol solution as listed on the CDC Reopening America Guidance
Closing the building or at a minimum the affected part of the building for a minimum of 7 days.
Tracing close contacts if someone on the service team tests positive for COVID-19.
The HCCF Board of Directors will discuss and contact any close contacts that the person has had via phone or email. We will not identify the individual that has tested positive to protect their privacy.
Section 4: Other
Seating in the sanctuary has been rearranged to provide 6 feet of distance between groups of chairs. Except for family units residing in the same household please do not sit together. The chairs are placed in groups of 3, 4, and 5. Please sit in a group that is appropriate for your household size.
Masks must be worn if a separation of at least 12 feet cannot be maintained
No bi-directional travel
Everyone will enter the building via the double doors by the Welcome Desk and leave the building via the door across from the mods
If you need to re enter the building proceed back to the main entrance.
Equipment on platform/pulpit
Only one person is to touch or use any of the equipment and pulpit on the platform unless it is disinfected in between uses.
All areas of building will be limited to 33% of it’s rated capacity
Sanctuary: Rated: 221, Current Maximum: 72
Fellowship: Rated: 62, Current Maximum: 20
Library: Current Maximum: 3
Nursery/Toddler: Current Maximum:3
Small offices and Mods are closed for the time being.
All other areas will be a limit of one person at a time.
Until further notice coffee and donut time after service will be put on hold. To adhere to state mandates we cannot gather and fellowship after service