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Church Reopening Plan

The Ottawa East SDA Church reopening plan outlines how the church will facilitate a return to in-person worship services that is safe, accessible, and mitigates risk. 

PHASE
1

Resumption of in-person Divine worship in the sanctuary. For their safety, only persons between the ages of 7 - 65 years will be allowed to enter the building.

A maximum building capacity of 48 persons will be instituted. This includes volunteers for the AV team, ushers & greeters, deacons & deaconesses, and worship patrons.

There will be no Deacon Collection of the offering. Persons will be encouraged to give their offerings into the offering box located at the entrance of the sanctuary. Offering reading and prayer will still occur.

PHASE
2

Everything outlined in Phase One, plus...

The maximum building occupancy will be increased to 60 persons through the use of the fellowship hall to seat additional persons. The age restriction will be broadened to allow persons between the ages of 4 and 70 to register for church.

The church will start to reserve 5 spots from its maximum occupancy for visitors who may show up to the church but haven’t previously registered. Both adult and children's Sabbath Schools will start conducting in-person & virtual hybrid classes on a rotating basis.

Departments will be allowed to use the church for ministry events. Board approval & a COVID-19 Safety Plan are required for events.

PHASE
3

Everything outlined in Phases One & Two, plus...

The maximum building occupancy will only be increased again if provincial regulations or Ontario Conference directives. The age restrictions will be suspended

AY Programs will be reintroduced & hosted monthly. Program frequency will increase as the AY department builds capacity. Persons attending Bible Class will be required to register for the class.

In-person Prayer Meetings will be reintroduced and will occur on a weekly schedule. Pre-registration will be required. Services will be live-streamed and also have Zoom connections for parishioners who wish to share testimony, but are not in the building.

PHASE
4

A full return to pre-pandemic church ministry. This phase will be activated once provincial guidelines or Ontario Conference directives inform and/or direct that churches may resume unrestricted full building capacity worship. This means that COVID-19 Safety Plans, registration, screening, temperature checks, age restrictions, non-fire code seating capacities, COVID-19 specific cleaning & sanitization protocols, physical distancing & mask mandates will come to a conclusion and be faded out of the church’s operational practices and policies.

OUR SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Seating & Traffic Flow

There are 2-meter physical distancing markers placed on benches. There are also directional signs placed on the floor to create one-way flows of traffic.

Cleaning & Sanitization

There will be a weekly deep cleaning of the entire facility. While there are people in the building, there will be a consistent cleaning of high-touch surfaces.

Prohibited Attendance

Persons with COVID-19 symptoms, live with someone who has those symptoms or has been told to isolate, are not permitted to attend.

Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be greeted at your car by an usher who will inform you to fill out a screening form. You can do it electronically or use our paper form. 

Screening

Upon entry, everyone will need to fill in a screening form & have their temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature higher than 380 C will not be allowed to enter.

Leaving The Building

At the end of service, you will be ushered out of your seat. Please proceed directly to the exit door. Do not stay and socialize inside the church building.

AT ALL TIMES

All persons within the facility are required to wear a face covering/mask that covers the mouth, nose, and chin.

Persons must also maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from anyone not of their household.