LPBC COVID-19 Protocols for INDOOR Church Gatherings
BEFORE COMING TO CHURCH:
PLEASE - though it pains us to say it, DO NOT PLAN TO ATTEND THE SERVICE IF:
You are in an “high risk” health category (due to age and/or pre-existing medical condition)
You are showing any of the below symptoms of COVID-19:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
(less common) nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
For individuals/families coming:
Please take the temperature of everyone who is coming to church - anyone having a fever of any kind should stay home.
There will be no Children’s Ministry - no Nursery, and no Children’s Church. There are simply too many risks.
Please ensure everyone coming has his/her own mask - including children - as masks will be required to be admitted into the building.
If you are not confident that your child will be able to keep his/her mask on, please do not bring that child to church, as the mask requirement is firm.
Two entrances will be available for entrance and exit - the regular (parking lot) door, as well as the red double doors facing route 301.
There will be an LPBC member posted at each door to act as a “Greeter,” and this person will be there to do the following:
Make sure everyone entering is wearing a mask.
Please understand that anyone without a mask will not be allowed to enter - and at this point, LPBC does not have extra masks to give out - this policy will be enforced firmly.
Help to maintain appropriate social distancing as people enter, to help prevent clustering around the front door.
Direct those who are entering to move directly into the Sanctuary to find a seat, and to not gather in clusters for any “meet and greet” time, as we would typically do.
WHILE IN THE BUILDING:
Please move from the front door directly into the Sanctuary to find a seat. Every other row of pews will be taped off, to help maintain social distance - please seat yourself/your family in a row that is open, and please do not remove any tape. Also, if you are sharing a pew with another family/individual, please be sure to maintain at least seven feet between yourselves.
Generally, be as conscious as possible to keep your hands to yourself, and to touch only necessary things (e.g., hymnals which will be placed under the seats, your own personal belongings, etc.)
Parents - please, keep your children at your side at all times - under no circumstances should they be permitted to move/run about in the building.
Maintain appropriate social distancing (Gov. Hogan’s office recommends seven feet) - this means that for the time being, hard as it will be for many of us, we should refrain from handshakes, hugs, etc.
WHEN THE SERVICE ENDS:
Everyone should exit the building, maintaining appropriate social distancing as we do so, and without any “meet and greet” time inside the Sanctuary or the lobby area - you are of course welcome to have that social time outside the building in the parking lot after the service.