Norwich United Church Covid-19 Protocols 

Social distancing of 2m or 6 ft. must be maintained at all times. Provincial and local health guidelines shall be followed.

Masks are mandatory at Norwich United Church. The only exception is if you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Please bring your own mask. If necessary a disposable mask will be provided.

Sanitize your hands with the provided hand sanitizer. For people with sanitizer sensitivity issues please use the soap and water in the washroom or a pair of latex-free disposable gloves will be provided.

Waste baskets will be available in the Narthex and at the front door for disposing of gloves, masks, etc.

Parishioners shall sit in designated seats that will be marked or indicated in order to maintain social distancing. Families and couples that reside in the same household will be allowed to sit closer than 2m. in designated pews or seats.

People will enter the sanctuary using either door. 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.

Paper programs will no longer be handed out but will be projected on the screen and will be included in the weekly NUC email.

The main door will be the only point of entry to the church on Sundays. This door will be propped open except due to inclement weather to eliminate unnecessary handling.

Attendance will be taken at the front door for the purpose of contact tracing if required. Records will be kept for 30 days and then shredded.

When using stairs please use the up staircase for going up to the sanctuary and the down staircase for leaving the sanctuary and maintain 2m from the person in front of you.

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 will remain closed until it is safe to reopen.

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.

Meeting Room

The meeting room can be used for small groups of no more than 8 persons at this time. The north door of the meeting room will be the entrance and the south will be the exit. The same cleaning protocols as the lower hall shall be followed. Due to the number of council members it is recommended that the monthly council meeting be held in the lower hall.

Church Parlor

All tables, chairs, sofas, door handles, light switches and railings 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.

If used the following shall also be sanitized before and after use, electronics, piano, toys and games, books, craft items, etc. shall be sanitized.

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


 If you have any of the following symptoms, please stay home.

This list of symptoms was taken from the Government of Canada's website. For further information please visit

Canada.ca Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person. Symptoms may also vary in different age groups. Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • new or worsening cough

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • temperature equal to or over 38°C

  • feeling feverish

  • chills

  • fatigue or weakness

  • muscle or body aches

  • new loss of smell or taste

  • headache

  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)

  • feeling very unwell