Policies and Plans
OVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN OSSEO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Adopted June 16, 2020 (by OUMC Church Council)
As a people fitted together by God, we value personal relationships where we gather, grow and serve together as Jesus’ Church. It is who we are! In-person ministry is vital to the health, life and renewal of all creation.
In the COVID 19 pandemic, we purpose to employ best practices in following the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control as they are periodically updated, understanding that these practices lower but do not eliminate the risk of infection.
Plan Administrator (PA): Charles Nystrom PA duties are to assure the accomplishment of the following tasks regarding the plan: • Evaluate, • Monitor • Execute, • Update
Capacity (50%) of Sanctuary: 358 (179), altar-66 (33), main-272 (136), balcony-20 (10) Capacity (50%) of Fellowship Hall: 316 (158), main-288 (144), stage-28 (14) Capacity (50%) of Youth Room: 94 (47) Capacity Outdoors – 250 people
MINISTRY PROTECTIONS AND PROTOCOLS 1. All individuals, whether staff, volunteers, or participants, are asked to stay home or return home if they either experience themselves or are exposed to someone with COVID 19 symptoms: a. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. b. Note those with symptom and those present for contact tracing c. Encourage those with symptoms to stay at home, rest, connect, worship, or work virtually as much as possible d. Both those suffering COVID 19 symptoms and those exposed to persons with COVID 19 symptoms must be cleared by testing or the recommended time of quarantine before resuming in-person contact
2. “At risk” staff, volunteers and members are encouraged to refrain from in-person settings as much as possible
3. All individuals must always observe physical distancing of 6 feet a. Family groups must be separated by 6 feet in hallways, doorways and gathering places b. Restrooms are limited to one person or family group at a time c. Ushers and activity leaders will assist as needed and assure that family groups are spaced six feet apart in all meetings d. Outdoor activities must include physical distancing of 6 feet between family groups. e. Drive-In Worship requires six feet spacing or adjacent car windows (sun/moon roofs, convertible tops) rolled up
4. All individuals are to observe important measures of personal hygiene a. Covering coughs b. Use of facemasks when other people are present c. Washing of hands with soap and water for 20 seconds d. Use of hand sanitizer upon entry and exit of meetings
5. All in-person meetings must include an attendance log of participants
6. Provisions for all in-person meetings and activities include: a. Facial tissue b. Waste baskets (no-touch disposal bins) c. Hand sanitizer d. Face masks e. Attendance log (for contact tracing)
7. Physical contact shall be limited during in-person meetings by: a. Not exceeding the MDH recommended capacity for space b. Use of mask and gloves by those assisting participants with bulletins, masks, communion elements, offerings, etc. c. Providing stations for dropping offerings, picking up communion elements and bulletins when in building d. Using of hermetically sealed communion elements e. Having ushers or activity leaders assure physical distancing in entry and exit of gatherings f. Not sharing communal food (potlucks, commonly touched or exposed food sources, etc), communal water sources (drinking fountain), or communal materials (hymnals, Bibles, offering plates, etc.) g. Providing during Sunday worship, rooms for individual family units with children if they rsvp through the church office by the prior Thursday
TRAINING AND COMMUNICATION 1. Safety instructions and protocols will be emailed, posted and available at pickup stations 2. Activity leaders will be briefed on the protocols via electronic, virtual, or in-person meetings 3. The plan administrator will organize, supervise, and assure training in and implementation of the protocols
FACILITY PREPARATION 1. Flush all water lines before using building after dormancy a. Sinks: Run hot water lines until hot and cold-water lines until very cold b. Toilets: Flush after procedures on sinks are complete 2. Soap Dispensers a. Utilize plastic disposable refill bags or disable/remove b. Substitute disposable hand soap dispensing bottles (no refilling of bottles) 3. Sanitizing high touch surfaces a. Wetness time for sanitizing products must be observed b. Sanitizing must occur before any events take place 4. Place hand-sanitizing dispensers at entrances/exits to the building for all activities