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COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN

Kawartha Community Church
Covid 19 Safety Plan

Date completed: November 26, 2020

Revised: March 21st, 2022

In compliance with Peterborough Public Health guidelines for faith-based organizations, Kawartha Community Church has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan. The following policies implemented are safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect the health and wellbeing of employees, patrons, and our community.

Please do not enter the building if:

  • You have any cold or flu-like symptoms no matter how minor.
  • You have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 7 days.

Full access to the church building: 

  • Sunday gatherings are now permitted at 100% capacity.
  • Ministry meetings can now be done in person or online via Zoom.
  • Individuals experiencing any symptoms of illness, including but not limited to COVID-19 symptoms, are asked not to enter the building.
  • Both onsite and online services are available.

 Physical distancing is no longer required:  

  • Attendees are encouraged to come early to facilitate seating.
  • We ask patrons to ask permission before initiating any physical contact and to respect and give space to anyone who declines.
  • Capacity limits are lifted in our restrooms but please sanitize before entering and exiting the washrooms.
  • Attendees are welcome to bring in beverages.
  • Children will remain in the service with their parents as we reformulate our children’s programing.
  • We have two offering baskets on the table near the exit. We also have a debit machine station, with proper sanitation, that can be used before or after service in place of taking up a regular offering. The preferred method of giving is via e transfer to Kawartha Community Church through direct@kawarthachurch.com. It is also possible to give via Canada Helps at   https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/kawartha-community-church/.

We are encouraging self assessments by every person who enters the church building before each visit.

  • Self Assessments are available on the Ontario provincial website at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/. Covid self assessment signage is posted at all entrances within the building.
  • Workers/Visitors who are sick or have signs of illness (e.g. fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, tiredness, shortness of breath etc.) are required to stay home.

Sanitation/Cleaning is being maintained:

  • Frequently touched surfaces and shared objects are cleaned and disinfected in between uses. All surfaces including chair fabric are sanitized with hospital grade cleaning products, that have been endorsement by Health Canada as being affective against Covid-19, before and after each service by our staff and volunteers.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer of 70% or more is available at all entrances and exits and throughout the establishment, for use of all persons entering or exiting.
  • The Christian Victory Church building, including the area rented by Kawartha Community Church, is sanitized and disinfected thoroughly every Tuesday and Thursday by paid cleaning staff. They use hospital grade cleaning products that have been endorsement by Health Canada as being effective against Covid-19 including Oxivir Tb on all fabric surfaces, Quato 44 as an all-purpose disinfectant, and 3 in 1 Avmor Disinfecting all purpose glass cleaner for our glass surfaces.
  • Staff and volunteers are encouraged to practice proper hand washing. Hand washing is one of the best ways to minimize the risk of infection. Proper hand washing helps prevent the transfer of infectious material from the hands to other parts of the body — particularly the eyes, nose, and mouth — or to other surfaces that are touched. Proper hand washing technique is described as follows:

Wash your hands immediately:

  • Before starting and when leaving the church
  • After handling materials that may be contaminated
  • After touching your face

Hand washing procedure:


Use soap and warm running water. (It doesn’t have to be hot to do the job.) If water is unavailable, use a waterless hand cleanser that has at least 60% alcohol. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the cleanser. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers are located at various locations throughout the Church.

Facemasks are not required, but encouraged for those who wish to use them.  They can be worn at any time within the building.

PPE (personal protective equipment):

  • Gloves, hand sanitizer, and facemasks, are provided by Kawartha Community Church for all staff and volunteers who wish to use them.
  • Facemasks are provided free of charge to all patrons.
  • A Plexi Glass barrier is in place at our Welcome Desk.

Kawartha Community Church regularly monitors public health updates and retrains/revises practices as needed.

 Kawartha Community Church trains staff on our safety plan including how to respond to these various circumstances:

  • Parishioner wanting more information about the policy.
  • Parishioner who becomes aggressive about any new or changed requirements.
  • Parishioner wanting information about the importance of wearing a facial covering or the science on the use of facial coverings.
  • Parishioner asking about the availability of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 70% alcohol concentration)

FAQ’s

  • ARE FACE MASKS REQUIRED?

    Not anymore, but if people choose to wear them we fully support and encourage them to do so.  There are no right or wrong ways to approach this, and we encourage everyone, in their love for Christ, to show respect and kindness towards anyone who chooses to wear or not wear a face mask.

  • WHERE SHOULD I PARK / HOW DO I ENTER INTO THE BUILDING?

    Park in the main parking lot, come in the front doors and look for the Kawartha Community Church Welcome Desk towards the back on the left-hand side inside the main entrance.  Please feel free to follow the signs to our Café located down the stairs on the lower level of the building.

  • IS SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED?

    No, but please respect everyone’s choice to keep their distance and ask permission before initiating any physical contact.

  • WILL THE RESTROOMS BE OPEN?

    Yes, Kawartha Community Church has its own separate restrooms for our use.

  • WILL THERE BE CHILDCARE?

    Not yet, but Kawartha Community Church is working on new formats for families who attend services and will continue to offer online services for parents with children who are ill.

  • HOW WILL SEATING AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING WORK?

    Attendees are asked to pick a seat nearest to the front of the meeting room and to respect the space used by anyone who puts an item on a seat between them and other attendees.

  • HOW ABOUT HANDSHAKING AND REFRESHMENTS?

    We are a friendly bunch, but please ask beforehand and respect those who want to maintain social distancing.  Please feel free to bring refreshments in with you.

  • HOW WILL WE CELEBRATE COMMUNIION?

    Safely and soon!  We will have communion in a way that maintains proper health and handling protocols before it is administrated.

  • WILL WE HAVE TO PASS THE OFFERING BASKET?

    We are not passing any offering baskets at this time.  Instead, Worshippers are encouraged to continue to give online using our preferred method through E-Transfer to direct@kawarthachurch.com (Which doesn’t incur any service fees to the church).

    • You can also give online at Canada Helps  at  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/kawartha-community-church/ (Service fee to KCC is 3.5% of the donation)
    • Giving via Debit or Credit is available in person before or after the service (Service fees to KCC are $0.10 per debit transaction and 2.65% of the donations made by credit card)
    • Those who would rather give through cheque or cash, may obtain an offering envelope and a pen at the Welcome Table upon entry and place it into the baskets provided at the end of the service.
  • WILL THERE BE CONGREGATIONAL SINGING?

    Absolutely!

We hope this information has helped you as you make plans to join us at Kawartha Community Church for a Sunday Gathering.  We will do our very best to ensure that you and your family feel safe and welcome.  Church may look a little different, but it is so good to be able to gather together again.  We can’t wait to see you!