CHENEY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
The following COVID-19 Safety Plan guidelines shall be adhered to at all times by employees and other individuals using the Cheney Congregational Church facility. The services covered in these guidelines include all worship services, religious study classes, religious ceremonies, religious holiday celebrations, weddings, and funerals.
The pastor of the Cheney Congregational Church is designated to be the COVID-19 Supervisor and will monitor the health of employees and enforce this COVID-19 Safety Plan.
NOTE: Although Spokane County Phase 1 and 2 Religious and Faith-based Organization COVID-19 Requirements allow for indoor services, the church council has decided to limit services to outdoor locations at this time. This plan has been developed to include information on requirements to hold services both outdoors and indoors based on the guidelines for Phase 1 and 2. The plan may be revised as new guidelines for opening are released by Washington State.
Outdoor Services: Services may be held outdoors in the church parking lot or at other locations deemed to be appropriate. Participants will be seated individually or in groups of household units a minimum of six feet apart from other attendees. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, water bottles, umbrellas, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Chairs which have been sanitized prior to the event will be available for use as needed. Participants who choose to remain in their personal vehicles will park in spaces designated to ensure social distancing. Vehicle windows in adjoining vehicles will be open/closed as designated by church parking volunteers. No more than 100 individuals will be allowed to attend outdoor services.
Indoor Services: No more than 50 people shall be allowed admittance to any services held in the Church sanctuary. Participants will be seated in groups of household units and individuals a minimum of six feet apart from other attendees. Any overflow of more than 50 people will be seated in the Fireside Room or Fellowship Hall maintaining the physical distancing requirements for each individual and household unit. Access to the church will be through the front door to the Narthex located on North Sixth Street.
Physical Distancing: A minimum six-foot separation between all employees, members (household units) and visitors shall be maintained in all interactions at all times. Volunteers will be assigned to help with seating and vehicle parking for all services to ensure physical distancing requirements.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Face coverings are required to be worn at all times by all employees, members and guests when participating in all church activities with the following exceptions: when working alone in an office, vehicle or at a job site; if the individual is deaf or hard of hearing, or is communicating with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication; or if the individual has a medical condition or disability that makes wearing a facial covering inappropriate. Face coverings will be provided to anyone not having a mask. In the instance where participation is via an automobile, no face covering will be required as long as there is no physical contact with anyone other than a household unit. Disposable gloves will be available for use as appropriate. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the facility. Frequent hand washing using soap and running water is encouraged. Everyone is required to use good hand washing practices before and after going to the bathroom, after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Tissues and trash cans will be available throughout the facility (indoor and outdoor).
Restroom facilities: Only one person (or child plus a parent) will be allowed to use the restroom at a time. Individuals waiting to use the restroom must maintain at least six feet of distance between each person. A sanitation station with signage directing people to use it before and after using the restroom will be available in the hallway.
Singing & Recitation: No choirs shall perform during the service. All hymns will be sung by a soloist or as a duet between household members. The musician and soloists will be positioned a very safe distance from any other individual. Recitations and singing during the service by the congregation will be limited, but individuals must not remove their face coverings.
Illness: All employees, members and guests must self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before attending a service. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Individuals are encouraged to take their temperature prior to arriving at the church. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or more or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to participate in any activities of the church. Any individual with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or with symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever at or above 100.4 degrees F) may not attend the service or attend work at the church. This information will be conveyed to employees and the congregation via email or USPS mail prior to reopening the church. In the event the church is informed an employee, member or visitor has contracted the virus, the information will immediately be reported to the Spokane Regional Health District and the Washington State Department of Health. Information regarding all people who had contact with the infected individual will also be provided to the Spokane Regional Health District to be used in contact tracing. In addition, the church will provide this information to individuals who were in contact with the infected person with the recommendation they consult their personal physician and the local Health District.
Attendance Log: An attendance log will be maintained by the church to ensure contact tracing information is available if needed. Upon arrival at the church, greeters will ask all attendees if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who has the virus. This information will be noted on the attendance log.
Offerings: An offering plate/bucket will be placed so people can drop offerings in as they come or go.
Food: No food or any type of refreshments will be allowed to be served at the church until specifically allowed by the State of Washington’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Education: A copy of this Safety Plan will be sent to each member of the church and will be made available to anyone upon request. All employees and volunteers will be educated in the language in which they are most proficient about coronavirus, how to prevent transmission, and the church’s COVID-19 policies.
Facility Sanitization/Maintenance: The facility and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized following each use. High-touch surfaces such as personal workstations, mirrors, chairs, headrests and armrests, doorknobs, handrails, restrooms, and break rooms shall be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Sanitation supplies will be stored in the janitor closet. All areas where an employee, member, or visitor with probable or confirmed COVID-19 illness worked, touched surfaces, etc., shall be cordoned off until the area and equipment is cleaned and disinfected following the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC.
Employee rights: An employee may refuse to perform unsafe work, including hazards created by COVID-19. It is unlawful for the employer to take adverse action against an employee who has engaged in safety-protected activities under the law if their work refusal meets certain requirements.
Employees who choose to remove themselves from a worksite because they do not believe it is safe to work due to the risk of COVID-19 exposure may have access to certain leave or unemployment benefits. Employees may have access to expanded family and medical leave included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, access to use unemployment benefits, or access to other paid time off depending on the circumstances. Additional information is available at https://www.Ini.wa.gov/agency/outreach/paid-sick-leave-and-coronavirus-covid-19-common-questions.