Covid 19 WorkSafe Plan

Our Plan

As the B.C. government prepares for a gradual reopening of businesses and return of various events after the COVID-19 outbreak, your pastors at FCC are doing the same. The Church is made up of each and every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and received God’s forgiveness for sin. Just because we have stopped meeting in our church building does not mean that the Church has stopped.   Now that the province is allowing people to gather again, we as a church desire to continue to be a witness to our community through respecting the authorities God has allowed to rule over us and to not be a place that causes fear in our community as we meet.

Our plan for all of our activities and room uses in this stage of reopening is as follows:

If anyone who is planning to attend church is sick, shows any symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or has been in direct contact with someone who was sick in the past fourteen days, please stay home. If you have traveled out of the Country in the past fourteen days please stay home.
 
Maximum capacity of 50 people in a room with social distancing., as per provincial health orders. Social distancing (remaining 2 metres apart from others) is to be practiced in the building and on the property; use/book rooms accordingly.
— Use a mask for times when social distancing is difficult or impossible. Attendees must be recorded on a sign-in sheet for contact tracing in case of an outbreak. Use the Church Centre app or call the office to reserve service attendance so that we can ensure groups are not over 50. Upon arriving at the church, disinfect or wash your hands.  There will be hand sanitizer stations at every door. Refrain from hugging or hand shaking.

CLEANING OF THE BUILDING AT EVERY BUILDING USE BATHROOMS
     - BATHROOMS WILL BE CLEANED AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF EVERY GATHERING.
DOOR HANDLES
    -  WIPED DOWN BEFORE AND AFTER EACH EVENT
    -   LEAVE DOORS OPEN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE TOUCHED
CHAIRS
    -   CHAIRS OR CHAIR COVERS NEED TO BE WIPED DOWN AFTER EACH USE.
COUNTERTOPS

   -  WIPED DOWN BEFORE AND AFTER EACH EVENT  
LIGHT SWITCHES
    -   WIPED DOWN BEFORE AND AFTER EACH EVENT  

Weekend Church Services

Chairs may be set up in family cluster 6ft. away from others. Stack  all chairs after the service. Singing together in congregations is a practice that we dearly love and are eager to promote, but loving our neighbour is job one here and so the time for fasting from this wonderful practice may be longer than any of us would like. I would recommend that until we get a vaccine, we don’t do congregational singing or Only sing with a mask on. Limit staff member involvement so more attendees can come. Use a mask for times when social distancing is unavoidable. Offering box/basket to be placed on a table just inside the sanctuary. Communion should be encouraged in home groups or at home as a family, unless individual pre-packaged emblems are available.

Greeters

NO HUGGING OR HAND SHAKING.WELCOME PEOPLE WHILE RESPECTING SOCIAL DISTANCING.ONLY HAVE ONE GREETER PER DOOR LEAVING ROOM FOR PEOPLE TO DISTANCE WHILE COMING IN.RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCING LINES AT THE ENTRANCE.BULLETINS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEB SITE AND CHURCH APP AT THIS TIME. OFFERINGS WILL BE PLACED IN A BOX OR BASKET AS PEOPLE ENTER OR LEAVE. USE GLOVES TO PUT THE OFFERINGS IN THE SAFE.

Food Service

FOOD MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IF SOMEONE IS SERVING IT (NO SELF-SERVE)COFFEE AND TEA IS NO LONGER SELF-SERVE EVEN FOR CREAM AND SUGAR.WATER/OTHER BEVERAGES CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE IN DISPOSABLE CUPS, CANS OR BOTTLES BUT AGAIN NOT SELF-SERVE.ALL FOOD SAFE REGULATIONS MUST BE OBSERVED.  

Church Office and Staff

The Board has created clear workplace policies that ensure people who are ill do not come to work.Implemented sick day policies that allow people to be off or work safely from home when they are ill or have symptoms of a cold or flu. Provided work-from-home options, when possible, to reduce contact intensity. When it’s not an option, consider measures such as staggered shifts and virtual meetings as much as possible. Implement strategies that reduce the number and intensity of contacts. Clean high-touch areas frequently and provide hand sanitizer at entrances. Doorways should remain open so to reduce physical contact. All communal equipment and areas (copier, paper cutter, staplers, counters, and bathrooms) must be disinfected after each use. Staff is encouraged to have more flexible hours, to work from home as well as have a safe personal workspace. Physical distancing measures: a maximum or 2 people/ family groups, in an office at a time needs to be enforced.6ft of separation during lunch and coffee break needs to be enforced. Give space in the hallways so people can pass safely.

“COME NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL COME NEAR TO YOU. WASH YOUR HANDS, YOU SINNERS, AND PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YOU DOUBLE-MINDED.”— JAMES 4:8 NIV