Health Protocol for Public Worship during the Pandemic

  • The building will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each service, including all entryways and doors. 
  • Those who are ill, those who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and those who are particularly vulnerable to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will be urged to stay home.  People will be encouraged to check their temperature before they come.
  • People will be encouraged but not required to bring and wear their own cloth face masks and other appropriate protective gear.
  • Doors will be propped open to limit touching of door handles and physical distancing upon entering and exiting the building will be maintained.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all entryways.
  • Signs will be posted concerning distancing and sanitation requirements and reminders will be offered.
  • People will be instructed to greet each other without touching and not to remain in the church for socializing before and after the service.
  • Ventilation will be increased as much as possible.
  • Use of the water dispenser will be not be allowed, and restroom use will require physical distancing. Worshippers will be encouraged to bring their own water bottle if they will need water.
  • The nursery will be closed. All children must remain with their families. All children’s coloring bags have been removed. If your children will need coloring supplies, please bring your own.
  • Worship attendance in the sanctuary will be limited to 25% of seating capacity.
  • Households will be seated in a way that ensures physical distancing of at least six feet from each other.
  • Disposable worship materials will be printed each week and made available in quantities sufficient for expected attendance.
  • Collection plates and other items will not be passed from person to person. Worshippers will be encouraged to use Tithely online giving, or to place their offering in the locked box at the back of the church.
  • Money counters will immediately wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after counting the offerings.
  • Education in the necessity for these precautions will be an ongoing part of communication with the congregation.
  • If someone should become ill during worship, they will be assisted in leaving the building first, then the rest of the congregation will be dismissed, and the building will be closed. If the person who is ill is unable to leave immediately, they will be isolated in the east classroom until they are able to leave.
  • Once learning of a person with confirmed COVID-19 who has been in the facility, local health officials will be notified immediately.  These officials will guide us in determining a course of action, which may include tracing contacts of that person.

To view our entire COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, please look at the copy posted in the church. It has also been emailed to all members of Common Ground Church who have an email address on file.

Respiratory Etiquette

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
  • Use the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use;
  • Perform hand hygiene (e.g., hand washing with non-antimicrobial soap and water, alcohol-based hand rub, or antiseptic handwash) after having contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects/materials.

Social Distancing

According to the CDC, limiting face-to-face contact with others is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social distancing, stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

Wash Your Hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.