Crossroads Baptist Church Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies and Guidelines   1/26/2021

 

As concerns regarding the coronavirus continue to increase, we should remember to not react out of fear, but use our faith, wisdom, and common sense to help the work of the Lord continue during these challenging times. In this spirit, and under the direction of the Crossroads Baptist Church (CBC) Church Council, the following policies and guidelines are being implemented to help keep you and others healthy and safe. They will be updated as necessary to meet CDC and Government requirements while providing the safest worship experience possible:

 

1. GENERAL SAFETY and HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

CBC staff, Members and Visitors are to take primary responsibility for protecting themselves and others against the coronavirus by doing the following:

  • Washing hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hand washing is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Maintaining social distancing

Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Minimize direct physical contact with others, including shaking hands.

  • Wearing a facemask and/or Face Shield

Facemasks/Face Shields are to be used at all times. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means always covering your mouth and nose with a facemask. An exception is when a speaker is more than 10 feet away from the audience.

Note: Masks should not be placed on:

  • Babies and children younger than 2 years old

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious.

  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you sick.

  • Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands.

  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

1. If you have any symptoms, we ask that you watch the service at home. 

2. If you have been exposed to anyone who had COVID-19 we ask that you quarantine and not come to worship for two weeks. 

3. We require everyone who is on the CBC premise to socially distance themselves from others or wear a mask if you are unable to do so. 

4. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 after having been at church within a week, we ask that you inform us so that those you came into contact with can quarantine themselves

  • Choose the safest worship experience for you

If you’re high-risk, we encourage you to continue attending our online services and staying in touch with our community through small groups.

2. MEETING REQUIREMENTS

A. I ndoor Worship Services and Social Events held in the CBC Facility

Indoor Worship services and social events, such as, fellowships, weddings, and community programs, are permitted, provided all requirements in this document are met:

  • Church Entry

  1. Only the main entrance door will be used to enter/exit the facility.

  2. A Staff member will be at the entrance to check the temperature of every incoming member or visitor. (Utilize a “no-contact” method of taking temperatures).

  3. These staff members must wear protective face coverings at all times.

  4. Any attendee that is not wearing a mask or face shield should be offered a mask and required to put it on before entering.

  5. Any attendee that will not agree to abide by the attendance requirements should be respectfully asked to leave.

  6. Refuse entrance to any individual who has been in contact with an infected person or who is exhibiting the following symptoms that have been associated with COVID-19:

    • Fever (99.0oF or higher)

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath

    • Chills

    • Repeated shaking

    • Muscle pain

    • Headache

    • Sore throat

    • New loss of taste or smell or other neurological issue

    • Any individual with a household member diagnosed with COVID-19

  • Duration of Gathering

Gatherings should not last more than one hour and half. Longer durations pose a greater risk.

  • Church Capacity Limitations

Any church room (Sanctuary, classroom) up to 50% capacity using social distancing guidelines or approximately 35 individuals, whichever is less, regardless of family member associations. The Church Council Church is responsible for reviewing and approving CBC facility capacity availability for all indoor worship services, social events, and ceremonies, such as, funerals, weddings prior to the date of the occasion

  • Maintaining social distancing

  • Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

  • Minimize direct physical contact with others, including shaking hands. Wave and verbally greet persons instead of using gestures that promote close contact such as handshaking, bumping elbows, or giving hugs.

  • Members of the same household may be seated together as a single unit.

 

  • Wearing a Facemask/Face Shield

 Facemasks and/or Face Shield are to be used at all times. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means always covering your mouth and nose with a facemask. An exception is when a speaker is more than 10 feet away from the audience.

  • Singing

Singing is permitted, but individuals must not remove their face coverings to sing – it must stay on for the duration of the service. The Praise Team members are exempt from this rule as long as they are on the stage. 

 

  • Food and Drink Policy

    • No food or drinks will be served inside the church building, except for events approved by the Church Council.

    • When communion elements are served, they can be taken while maintaining social distancing requirements.

  • Cleaning/ Sterilization Policy.   

If an event is not hosted by CBC, the hosting party is responsible for cleaning and sterilizing the rooms, tables, chairs, and carpets used in accordance with CDC policies and guidelines.   

 

B. OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICES and SOCIAL EVENTS HELD ON THE CBC PREMISE

  • Church Capacity Limitations

Up to 100 individuals (or less in accordance with Lancaster COVID-19 Policies), excluding organization staff.

  • Tables/ Chairs/ Other

Tables and chairs are to be placed in such a way to meet social distancing requirements. Use only disposable dinnerware (cups, plates, utensils).

  • Maintaining social distancing

    • Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

    • Minimize direct physical contact with others, including shaking hands. Wave and verbally greet persons instead of using gestures that promote close contact such as handshaking, bumping elbows, or giving hugs.

    • Members of the same household may be seated together as a single unit.

  • Wearing a Facemask/ Face Shield

Facemasks and/or Face Shields are to be used at all times. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means always covering your mouth and nose with a facemask. An exception is when a speaker is more than 10 feet away from the audience.​

  • Food and Drink Policy

    • Food and drinks are allowed in accordance with Government COVID-19 policies

    • When communion elements are served, they can be taken while maintaining social distancing requirements.

    • No food or drinks will be served inside the church building.

 

  • Safety Around Food and Drinks Guidelines

If there are people from different households attending:

  1. Encourage guests to bring food and drinks for themselves and for members of their own household only, instead of potluck-style eating.

  2. Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill, if possible.

  3. Wear a mask while preparing or serving food to others.

  4. If serving any food, consider having a limited number of people serve the food and sharable items (e.g., salad dressings, utensils), so that the fewest number of people are handling food and serving utensils to limit potential exposure.

  5. Consider providing single-use options.

  6. Avoid buffet-style serving for food, drinks, or condiments. Use grab-and-go meal options, if available.

  7. Wash and disinfect any reusable items after the event.

C. IN-HOME SERVICES (BIBLE STUDIES and SOCIAL EVENTS) SPONSORED BY CBC

In-home services or counseling inside a person’s residence is limited up to 10

total individuals (excluding organization staff) provided all requirements in this document are met:

  • Duration of gathering

Inside gatherings should not last more than one hour. Longer durations pose a greater risk. Outside gatherings pose lesser risks and can last longer

  • Maintaining social distancing

Host must be able to maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

  • Minimize direct physical contact with others, including shaking hands. Wave and verbally greet persons instead of using gestures that promote close contact such as handshaking, bumping elbows, or giving hugs.

  • Wearing a Facemask/Face Shield

Facemasks and/or Face Shields are to be used at all times. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means always covering your mouth and nose with a facemask. An exception is when a speaker is more than 10 feet away from the audience.

  • Food and Drink Policy

    • Encourage guests to bring food and drinks for themselves and for members of their own household only, instead of potluck-style eating or being host provided.

    • Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill, if possible.

    • Wear a mask while preparing or serving food to others.

    • If serving any food, consider having a limited number of people serve the food and sharable items (e.g., salad dressings, utensils), so that the fewest number of people are handling food and serving utensils to limit potential exposure.

    • Consider providing single-use options.

    • Avoid buffet-style serving for food, drinks, or condiments. Use grab-and-go meal options, if available.

    • Wash and disinfect any reusable items after the event.

    • No food or drinks will be served inside the church building.

 

D. EXPOSURE RESPONSE PROCEDURES

On being notified that an individual exposed to a third-party with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis has been present in the church building, the CBC Senior Pastor, or a delegate, will:

1. Attempt to contact all people known to be in the building when that individual was present.

1. THE INDIVIDUAL’S NAME WILL NOT BE GIVEN OUT WHEN DISCUSSING THE EXPOSURE.

2. The CBC Senior Pastor, or a delegate, will ask those people who were known to be in the building when that individual was present to consider a 14-day self-isolation period while monitoring their own health closely and to seek direction from their healthcare provider if they experience any CDC recognized symptoms.

2. On being notified that an individual with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis has been present in the church building, the building will be shut to all staff (except trained incident response staff) and scheduled assemblies for 4 days.

3. The CBC Senior Pastor, or a delegate, will also notify all staff members who may enter the building before cleaning has been completed of the exposure.

4. If a non-church group such as a renter or other incidental building user was present at the time of exposure, the CBC Senior Pastor, or a delegate, will communicate this information to the primary contact of the organization hosting the event. That organization should follow their policies and procedures for following up with their event participants.

 

E. DISINFECTION PROCEDURES

  • All floors and touchable surfaces in circulation spaces, restrooms, and all assembly rooms and workspaces must be cleaned and disinfected, in that order, with church-supplied custodial products.

  • Single-use disposable products or reusable cloth products must be used for cleaning. Any

  • reusable cloth products used for cleaning must be laundered daily.

  • Single-use disposable products must be used for disinfecting – either disposable wipes or spray disinfectant with paper towels. Reusable products must NOT be used for disinfecting.

  • Disinfectant chemicals must be applied and allowed to remain wet and undisturbed on surfaces for 10 minutes before they are wiped again to remove residual moisture.

  • Post signs prohibiting entry into spaces actively being cleaned and disinfected.

     3. CBC VAN USE

Until further notice, the CBC van will only be driven by the CBC staff for church business or as approved by the Church Council. This is to ensure social distancing can be maintained in accordance with CDC guidelines.

 

     4. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS NOT COVERED ABOVE

Q: What do I do if I feel sick at home?

A: Please contact your primary health provider or urgent care clinic to be seen. You should remain at home until your primary care provider indicates that it is appropriate for you to be out.

If a member of the Church staff is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, they will be asked to be tested for COVID-19 and to self-quarantine at home for up to two weeks as a precautionary measure to protect themselves and other Church staff and members.

CONTACT

ADDRESS: 1520 WEST BELT LINE ROAD, LANCASTER, TX 75146 

TEL: 972-227-9191  |

 

 INFO@EXPLORECBC.ORG

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