Houses of Worship

Phase 1


The State has moved beyond Phase 1, but the description, health measures and participants for Phase 1 are included for reference purposes only.

Function Description:

  • Operate online services where possible
  • Conduct intermittent parking lot gatherings
  • Staff is furloughed and/or working remotely where possible
  • Limited staff is onsite for limited times for administrative operations

Public Health Measures:

  • Close facilities to the public
  • Clean and sanitize property and common spaces with appropriate supplies
  • Limit contact with and disinfect incoming and outgoing packages and deliveries
  • Implement appropriate health and wellness checks for onsite staff

Participants:

  • Employers / Employees / Public

Phase 2 (Current Stage)

 Function Description:

  • Continue to operate online services where possible
  • Reopen counseling and administrative offices
  • Conduct small group and bible study gatherings with social distancing and contactless environments

Public Health Measures:

  • Continue to keep facilities closed to the public
  • Post signage throughout exterior of church campus indicating how to connect digitally and via telephone
  • Post advisements on what to expect for engagement when on church campus and what is prohibited
  • Reconfigure administrative offices to ensure office staff are physically distanced
  • Reconfigure reception areas to maintain social distancing and remove brochure display areas to discourage high touch point, contact and gathering areas
  • Welcome guests by appointment only and install plastic or plexiglass partitions where needed
  • Provide hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and PPE to visiting guests in common areas
  • Stock each workspace with hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes or sprays, masks, gloves, or other PPE as appropriate for the work role
  • Host counseling appointments in a room or space that allows for physical distancing
  • Disinfect furniture, surfaces, and common touch points frequently per protocols
  • Clean and sanitize property and common spaces frequently per protocols

Participants:

  • Employers / Employees / Public

Phase 3 (Future Stage)


Function Description:

  • Services resume with social distancing, and increased service times to accommodate total congregation
  • Small group and bible study gatherings continue with social distancing and contactless environments
  • Small weddings ceremonies begin with maximum number of attendees permitted by State regulations

Public Health Measures:

  • All of Phase 2 measures

Participants:

  • Employers / Employees / Public

Phase 4 (Future Stage)

Function Description:

  • All services resume to regular schedules
  • All programs, classes and activities resume
  • Weddings and other events resume

Public Health Measures:

  • All hygiene, sanitation, and health protocols from Phases 2 and 3 are maintained as needed
  • Place hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies in high traffic, high touch, and common areas
  • Disinfect common areas and congregation areas between services and events
  • Post signage encouraging health and hygiene throughout campus and in common areas

Participants:

  • Employers / Employees / Public