COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Includes NSBC PROTOCOL
August 14, 2020
NSBC has implemented an expanded protocol for entry into the church facility. Anyone entering the church buildings will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability (Approved Final Document Now Completed). There is a one-time waiver required for those attending Church Services [this currently includes those preparing and facilitating Live Streaming Services]. There will be an additional Activity Waiver of Liability for participation in any event or activity. For example, volunteers for the Food Giveaway have signed a one-time Activity Waiver for participating in that particular activity but would need to sign another Activity Waiver for a different kind of activity.
In addition, we have finalized our Health Declaration Form has been finalized. This form must be completed every time there is entry into the church buildings. It includes a Temperature Screening and questions about possible COVID exposure and symptoms. Please look for a follow up email with copies of the forms and more detailed information.
Finally, a second Member Survey will be emailed this week to gain member input into planning for potential re-opening plans. Please note, at this time, we are continuing with Live -Streaming Sunday Services and the Weekly Food Giveaway on site but other activities are not allowed, unless a special exception has been given.
DC Phase Two Continues (Initiated June 22, 2020)
Mayor Bowser established DC Order 2020-075 initiating DC Phase 2 beginning Monday, June 22nd. “During Phase 2, the public, businesses, and community organizations will be expected to adopt new behaviors and rigorous safeguards to reduce risk for all. Places of worship serve a vital role in promoting the spiritual and mental health of their congregations. During Phase Two, places of worship can operate services and activities with up to 100 people or up to 50% of their capacity, whichever is fewer, with strong safeguards and physical distancing. For additional information visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/.”
Mayor Bowser’s Wednesday, 7/22/20 Update
On Wednesday, 7/22/20, Mayor Bowser established DC Order 2020-080 making wearing of masks in public a legal requirement through October 9, 2020 or until such time as the State of Emergency is lifted. Persons defying this order will be subject to fines of up to $1000 for each violation. Exceptions noted include:
Wearing a mask is not required when:
- A person is a resident or guest in a private home or apartment;
- A person is actually eating, drinking, or legally smoking;
- A person is engaged in vigorous outdoor exercise and is maintaining social distance of at least six (6) feet from each other person;
- A person is in the water at a swimming pool;
- A person is in an enclosed office that no one else is permitted to enter;
- A person is aged two (2) years old or younger;
- A person is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability, or is physically unable to remove a mask.
DC Phase 2 General Information for Places of Worship
- Places of worship may operate with expanded capacity limits. In no event shall attendance at any service exceed fifty percent (50%) of the capacity of the facility or space where the service is occurring as set forth in its Certificate of Occupancy, or one hundred (100) persons, whichever is fewer. Groups of persons attending together shall not exceed ten (10) persons. Each group must be seated at least six (6) feet from each other group.
- These limits apply to indoor and outdoor services. They also apply to other gatherings such as funerals, weddings, religious education classes, youth events, support groups and any other programming.
- Places of worship are encouraged to continue providing virtual services as everyone is safer at home. Participation limited to virtual worship services is especially recommended for older adults and people of all ages with chronic medical conditions who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Everyday Prevention Measures
Across all phases of reopening, clergy, staff, volunteers, and congregants should be educated
and encouraged to practice the following:
- Stay at home if you are sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19
- Stay at least 6 feet from other people when possible.
- Wear a cloth face covering at all times.
- If you are unable to wear a cloth face covering, consider virtual services or maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others. Masks are not recommended for children under two and those who experience difficulty breathing with masks.
- Avoid shaking hands and other physical contact with people outside of your household.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of the elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed.
- Gloves should be worn only as indicated per routine facility responsibilities.
- Perform frequent hand hygiene (with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub).
- Key times to perform hand hygiene include:
- Before and after using the toilet,
- Before and after putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings,
- Before and after handling any shared objects (i.e. books).
CANCELLATION AND POSTPONMENT OF ALL on-site meetings, events, classes and rehearsals has been EXTENDED Until further notice, except for the Weekly Wednesday Food Giveaway which is which will become an ongoing weekly Outreach Program of the Church.
Also, SHARE & AGAPE Closet have been cancelled until further notice.
Ministries requesting special exceptions should contact Sister BJ Jones or Elder Anne Powell.
You will receive updates as they become available and we ask that you please check your email regularly for important announcements.