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 email@example.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)
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!