Aurora Community Church COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan in accordance with Washington State requirements for Religious and Faith-Based Organizations

Washington State Phase 2: Indoor Gatherings Limited to 25% or 200 Persons Washington State Phase 3: Indoor Gatherings Limited to 50% or 400 Persons

Coming and Going:

1. All employees, members, and visitors in attendance must wear face coverings before, during, and after the service, except for those under age two and those with a medical exemption. WA requirement #4
2. All in attendance must perform self-screening prior to coming to church. If you are feeling sick for any reason, have a temperature of 100.4F or more, or see that your children do not feel well, please do not come to church. If you have been in contact with someone within the last 14 days who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to church, but call the church, so we can pray for your health, and help you view the sermon online. WA requirement #15
3. If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending a service at Aurora Community Church, please call the church so we can anonymously inform our congregation and work with the King County health officials.
4. Please, greet each other with a friendly wave and “Hello,” but no handshakes or hugs at this time. WA requirement #5
5. Maintain at least 6 feet between you and your fellow congregant, unless that person is in your immediate household. Signage and markings on the floor will assist you in maintaining a six foot radius. WA requirement #12
6. The main doors to the ASM Student Lounge will be open. Greeters will maintain 6 feet separation. Please, do not enter or exit the church in any way other than the open entrances. The only area that will have access is the ASM Student Lounge. Restrooms will be available for emergencies only. WA requirement #3

Sanitation:

1. Chairs, doorknobs, handrails, and restrooms will be cleaned using soapy water, followed by disinfectants, after each use. WA requirement #10
2. Restroom doors will be propped open wherever possible. Please limit use to 2 people at a time and use only for emergencies. WA requirement #7
3. Soap is provided for use in each restroom for washing hands. WA requirement #8
4. Hand sanitizer will be provided for use in the ASM Student Lounge and Restrooms. WA requirement #8
5. Disinfectants will be available for use by all in attendance and kept in supply. WA requirement #9
6. Tissues and trashcans will be available throughout the ASM Student Lounge and in restrooms. WA requirement #14
7. Ventilation systems will be operated as applicable to prevent the stagnation of the air. WA requirement #13

Service:

1. Chairs will be placed around the room to aid in having households sit together, but not be closer than the CDC-recommended 6 feet to other church families. Please abide by all signage and floor markings. WA requirement #12
2. Those who desire to sing during worship, please keep your face mask on. WA requirement #6
3. The offering trays will not be passed during the service. Please drop your offering in the box in the foyer on your way in or out of the service, or continue to give online or by mail. WA requirement #5
4. Communion will be in pre-assembled single-serve portions and will be picked up at the back of the ASM Student Lounge, not passed out by ushers. WA requirement #5

Kids:

1. Unfortunately at this time we cannot have Aurora Kids or Early Childhood environments open to limit contact between families.
2. Please bring your children with you to the sanctuary to worship with us! Have a discussion with your children prior to coming to church about the importance of following these guidelines.

At-Risk Individuals:

1. CDC has designated certain groups of our population as being more at risk of having serious complications due to the virus and recommends that individuals in these at-risk groups take extra precautions in order to not contract this highly contagious disease. According to the CDC these groups include the elderly (age 65 and older), those with underlying health conditions, and those with disabilities. For more information, visit https:// www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
2. If you are a person in one of these categories, you are advised by the CDC to take extra precautions. These extra precautions may include staying home, where you can watch a recording of the worship service online.  

Known Cases of COVID-19:

1. If we are made aware of any positive cases of COVID-19 in our church body, and they attended in-person service, Aurora Community Church staff will notify everyone in the church and the King County Health District, and advise the church body to follow the 14 day self-quarantine guidelines of the State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/ Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdf
2. If at any time King County is demoted to phase one, Aurora Community Church will no longer hold in-person services until re-promoted to phase two or higher.

Postings:

1. This document will be emailed to members of Aurora Community Church and will be posted in the following locations:
  • Aurora Community Church website 
  • Entry to the ASM Student Lounge WA requirement #1
2. CDC, DOH and OSHA signs will be prominently displayed in the following locations:
  • Each entry to the church 
  • ASM Student Lounge 3. Restrooms WA requirement #2
  • Those places that are not being used during service or other gatherings at the church will be posted “DO NOT ENTER."