- Please note that these protocols apply to Sunday morning, Wednesday evening, and Friday evening services as well as any other occasional worship services that may be held.
- During times of governmental capacity restrictions - we will follow the government mandated percentage of capacity. Per Ontario building code, our facility capacity is 1012 people. During times of restriction, at 15 percent we will cap at 152 per service, and at 30 percent we will cap at 304 per service.
Anyone entering the building for staff meetings etc. must complete the screening form at this link: Screening Link
A livestream link will be provided at the beginning of each service. Alternatively, you can access the service in real time via your phone by calling in to the regular church service number. We are continuing to monitor and may adjust the process and protocols moving forward.
Please park your vehicle and then exit and move to the building as a household. Kindly refrain from dropping off your family members at the church entrance while you park.
Enter through the sanctuary doors (which will be propped open), being mindful to respectfully social distance (6 feet between households) as you queue up to enter the building. Please follow the floor markings. There will be greeters outside providing direction or answering questions that you may have. There will also be people who will be recording your attendance and monitoring head count to ensure that we are not over permitted building capacity. Please use the foot operated sanitizer pumps as you enter the building.
The ushers will move your household into a seating area. Please be certain to follow the direction of your usher, as we are working with limited seating options when operating at 15 percent of building capacity.
Seating will be by household, with seat groupings being a minimum of 6 feet apart. Social interactions inside the building and outside in the parking lot should be kept to a minimum- as much as it pains us to say that. Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging.
The library and Sunday school rooms will remain closed and locked. The drinking fountains will not be available. The foyer will be used for overflow seating once we meet the seating capacity in the sanctuary and gym.
There will be no Sunday school.
There will be no offering collected – kindly continue to give using the existing three giving options, online, e-transfer, or cheque mailing. There will also be an offering plate located by the exit door, if you prefer to bring your offering with you.
Restrooms will be available if needed with regular cleaning provided by an attendant. Children in need of a restroom must be accompanied by a parent.
The nursery will be available for mothers with infants. Please reserve the use of the nursery for this purpose only.
- In accordance with the by-laws of Waterloo Region, each person aged 5 years and older is asked to wear a mask or face-covering when entering the church facilities, and during the entire church service. This mask / face-covering must cover both your nose and mouth. Even if you have no viral symptoms, a face covering can help contain your own respiratory droplets when you talk, sing, cough, or sneeze. Continue to show kindness to those unable to wear a mask/face-covering.
- Please keep all coats, sweaters etc. with you, there will be no hangers available for use.
- At the end of the service, you will be ushered out, moving directly to the exit. Reminder, please remember to limit your interactions in the building and in the parking lot. If you are unable to maintain a 2 meter / 6-foot distance while conversing in the parking lot, we recommend that you continue to wear your mask / face covering until you get to your vehicle. We would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to visit your friends and family, maintaining appropriate social distance at each other’s homes. Porch visits are a wonderful way to help with that sense of isolation. Please be aware of the current level of restriction in place when you plan those visits.
Prior to attending:
Out of respect to others, please refrain from attending if:
Have a fever, difficulty breathing, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, abnormal fatigue
If you are immunocompromised or dealing with other health conditions
Regularly going to a hospital or health care center for treatment
If you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID 19 in the last 14 days
If you are over 60, please consider the attached link to the document .
If you have other questions about attending, please review the following two links in order to assist you with responsible decision making.
Above all, we encourage you to prioritize being responsible for your own health and being responsible for the health of others.
If your work puts you in high risk of contact, takes you out of the country, or puts you in regular contact with those who are working in high risk areas or who have travelled, we request that you are exceptionally vigilant in following all public health recommendations.
Prop all doors open
Sanitizer at each side of entrances
Restroom attendants to disinfect faucets, toilet handles, seats between uses
Signs to be posted in restrooms about hand washing procedure/best practices
Air flow to be maximized by trustees
All toilets and sinks blocked off except for one in each rest room
Drinking fountains covered
Faith Mennonite Church
COVID Safety Plan
Per MOH Requirements
March 6, 2021
Measures we’re taking
How we’re ensuring workers know how to keep themselves safe from exposure to COVID-19
Meeting participants arriving for meetings (non worship service) must submit an online Covid-19 Screening Form each day prior to entering the building. Essential Volunteers will be screened each day they enter the building to volunteer. Volunteers who fail the screening must remain home and not enter the building.
How we’re screening for COVID-19
Volunteers will be asked about symptoms and travel as directed by the Ministry of Health via online form prior to entering the building.
How we’re controlling the risk of transmission in our workplace
Physical distancing and separation
All volunteers, members and visitors are required to be distanced by a minimum of 2 meters where possible. Chairs/ seating locations in the sanctuary have been measured to follow this rule. The stage is off limits to the public and only those leading by speaking or singing while physically distanced are permitted to remove their mask for the duration of the time they are leading.
All high contact surfaces are cleaned following or during each program/service, whichever is deemed more essential.
Masks must always be worn by everyone while inside the building. Only those who are actively leading the service in an area not available to the public (stage) or have a medical exemption do not have to wear a mask as per the Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines.
What we will do if there is a potential case, or suspected exposure to, COVID-19 at our workplace
If there is a reasonably suspected potential case or exposure to Covid-19, staff, board and all people who were in close contact with the individual will be contacted and notified. If there is a Covid-19 positive case, employees, church board, volunteers, members and visitors will be contacted and notified, programs will be suspended until a risk assessment is complete, and the facility will be thoroughly sanitized.
How we’re managing any new risks caused by the changes made to the way we operate our business
Before implementing new procedures, risks are assessed by the team to eliminate and manage as needed to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, members, and visitors. Should any new risks arise, they will be discussed seriously as soon as possible to come to a safe and satisfactory resolution.
How we’re making sure our plan is working
Staff meet monthly to discuss the effectiveness and efficiency of our Covid-19 Safety Plan to ensure information, procedures, policies, and communication lines are up to date and functioning to protect the staff, volunteers, members, and visitors.