Norwich United Church Covid-19 Protocols - last updated - April, '22

Following Southwest Public Health safety measures,  Norwich United meet Sundays at 10:30 a.m. up in the sanctuary. Services are recorded and can be found on our website and Facebook page. 

For added protection and consideration of others, please wear a mask until seated. Vaccinations are not mandatory to attend worship services. 

Thank you. 

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As we re-open for in-person worship, we must be mindful of controlling the spread of Covid-19 and keeping one another safe. Below is a tool to self screen before coming to church.

If you are experiencing any NEW OR WORSENING symptoms listed below, please stay home. Symptoms should not be chronic or related to other known causes or conditions. Symptoms can be RESIDUAL from a recent COVID infection, but are not NEW OR WORSENING.

Do you have:

Fever and/or chills

Cough

Shortness of breath

Decrease or loss of smell or taste

Do you have two or more of these symptoms?

Sore throat

Extreme fatigue

Muscle aches/joint pain

Headache

Runny nose/nasal congestion

GI symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)

Contact Check

If you answer yes to any of the below questions, please stay home

In the last 14 days, have you travelled outside of Canada AND been advised to quarantine (as per the federal quarantine requirements)?

Yes No

Has a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home)? This can be because of an outbreak or contact tracing.

Yes

No

Is anyone you live with currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms?

Yes

No

In the last 5 days, have you been identified as a high risk contact of someone who currently has COVID-19? High risk contacts are people that live in your residence or that you have an intimate relationship with.

YES

NO

In the last 10 days, have you been identified as a high risk contact of someone who currently has COVID-19? High risk contacts are people that live in your residence or that you have an intimate relationship with.

YES

NO

In the last 5 days, have you tested positive on a rapid antigen test or a home-based self-testing kit? If you have since tested negative on a lab-based PCR test, select "No."

YES

NO

In the last 10 days, have you tested positive on a rapid antigen test or a homebased selftesting kit? If you have since tested negative on a lab-based PCR test, select "No."

YES

NO

*A fully immunized individual is defined as any individual >14 days after receiving their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (i.e. Johnson and Johnson)

Church Office Standards

The exterior doors shall be locked while either office is in use. If someone wishes to meet the secretary or use the office while occupied they shall call/email the office to arrange a time to enter the church.

The office shall have only one occupant at a time unless it is necessary that a second person needs to be in the office. When this is the case then both occupants must wear face masks.

The user of the office shall sanitize the office upon entry and just before departure. Clean desk, keyboard, monitor, arm rest, drawer handles, door handles, light switches, printer, copier, phone, laptop and table if used.

For electronics, monitors, etc. spray cleaner onto paper towel first and then wipe.

Washrooms

During church services and when the Lower hall is occupied the washroom in the front vestibule shall be the only washroom available for use. Soap and water for hand washing will be provided as well as cleaner for wiping down countertops, taps etc., after use. The user of the washroom shall sanitize it before exiting.

The washroom beside the office will be available for office use and if used must be sanitized at the end of the day.

Elevator

The elevator operator will sanitize it prior to initial use on Sunday or any other event where its use is required.

The key, hand railing and buttons shall be wiped down with cleaner.

The operator will run the elevator from the exterior by calling it to the desired floor.

Maximum occupancy is 1 person.

Pre and post service cleaning

All door handles, hand rails, tabletops in the Narthex, pew backs, collection plates, altar, microphone and stand, audio/video equipment, laptop and table, lighter and if used piano, organ, hymnals, songbooks and music books if shall be sanitized.

Library

The library will have only one occupant at a time. All books, pens, etc. must be wiped down with cleaner if handled as well as the countertop by the user.

Kitchen

The kitchen and coffee in the Narthex have resumed functions. 

Lower Hall

People will enter the lower hall using the left hand door and follow the designated aisle. People will exit using the right aisle and exit using the stairs to the left of the elevator. People will exit starting with the back rows first and then each successive row until the rows at the front of the hall are emptied.

All tables, chairs and A/V equipment shall be sanitized at the start and end of any meeting or event. This will be accomplished by the organizer and anyone participating in the running of the meeting/event.

Only one door shall be used for entry to the church and all door handles, hand rails, light and fan switches, etc. from the church entry door to the lower hall shall be sanitized after conclusion of the meeting or event.

The doors on either side of the elevator coming from the vestibule shall have the right one marked as entrance and the left marked exit.