COVID SAFETY PLAN

UNITY OF SOUTH SOUND

COVID SAFETY PLAN

 

As a matter of public safety, and respect for the health and well-being of all congregants and guests assembling at this building, we as the Board of Trustees and Unity staff, are adhering to the following conditions for all those who enter.

 

PROTECTION

 

· Everyone will follow the CDC Physical Distancing guidelines of least 6 feet. This includes sitting in the pews, waiting to use the restroom, waiting at the Connection’s Table, youth classrooms, children waiting to enter the sanctuary, or any other instance where we gather. Please note that household members who live together can be in close proximity. Avoid hugging and hand-shaking with anyone outside of your residence.

 

· Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Prior to entering the building, at the main front door, all persons must don a face mask covering their mouth and nose. Face masks must remain in place throughout the service; at no time should it be removed. (If one is unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, we offer the invitation to join our service online). Note: Masks with breathing valves are not acceptable.

 

· Upon entry into the foyer, there will be a hand sanitizing station for every individual to sanitize their hands prior to entering the sanctuary. Hand sanitizers will also be available throughout the building.

 

· All pews will be sanitized prior to and after the service.

 

· All doors, handles, common area surfaces, and bathrooms will be wiped down and sanitized with a disinfectant cleaner before and after the service.

 

· Unity of South Sound will screen visitors’ health upon entry into the foyer by asking two short questions: 1) Have you had any symptoms of illness in the last 72 hours? And 2) What was your temperature this morning? Those attending will be responsible for self-screening for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 before arrival at the church, including taking their temperature. If you forget to take your temperature or are unable to do so, we will have a no-touch thermometer and can take it for you. Anyone answering yes to question #1, or meeting or exceeding the CDC recommended minimum temperature of 100.4, will be asked to join the service online, and not remain in person. Temperatures

will also be taken on each staff and volunteer personnel and they will be required to follow the same guidelines as congregants and guests.

 

· If exhibiting evidence of a fever, cough or showing signs of illness, please self-quarantine for at least 14 days or more, until your symptoms diminish. Please note that the TPCHD has announced that testing is more widely available now; you can request and receive testing from your primary doctor.

 

· We ask that you use only the entrance near the sanctuary when entering and exiting the building (which is where the sign-in log and screening take place).

 

· During Governor Inslee’s Phase 2 Plan, Sunday attendance will be limited to 50 people (excluding staff). This includes children and volunteers.

 

· Brown Paper Tickets will be used to reserve a seat from Sunday following church through Wednesday at midnight for the upcoming Sunday service. A few tickets will be available at the door for visitors.

 

EXPOSURE

· If one has been exposed to someone with Covid-19 during the past 14 days, or has been diagnosed with Covid-19, please do not attend in-person services. If you have had Covid-19 in the past and have received two tests within 48 hours of each other that show you are clear of infection, you may attend.

 

RESPONSE

· Exposure Response: A list will be kept of in-person attendees at each service. In the event of a Covid-19 positive result by anyone in attendance, this list will allow easy contact of any person with possible exposure. In the event of an exposure of Covid-19, the local health department will be notified.

 

RECOVERY

· Post Exposure Recovery: In the event of a Covid-19 positive result, the in-person service will halt for a minimum of 14 days, to allow everyone potentially exposed the opportunity to self-quarantine.

 

· All recommended safety protocols and procedures will be followed, or exceeded, as set forth by Pierce County Health Department, Washington State Authority, and the CDC.