Safety Precautions (COVID-19)
What is COVID-19 & How Does It Spread?
According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath
- or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
If experiencing any symptoms listed above, DO NOT come to church. Contact healthcare provider and notify the church.
Our Expectations & Core Responsibilities
We are confident that our success depends on you. We all share the responsibility to help protect our church and love our neighbors. Accordingly, we have outlined some “core responsibilities” every individual entering First Baptist Church shares and is expected to follow.
Core Responsibility #1: Social Distancing
Increasing the physical distance between individuals can reduce transmission of the virus, and everyone returning to church must consistently follow social distancing practices where feasible.
According to the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact within about six feet of each other. Keeping a space between you and others may be one of the best tools we have to avoid exposure and spread.
Social distancing may also limit requirements for quarantining or isolating. If you are within six feet of an individual for 15 minutes or more (i.e., you have not socially distanced), you are required to quarantine if that individual tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Core Responsibility #2: Face Coverings
We recommend that First Baptist Church members and guests wear face coverings under the same circumstances as the general public. Wearing face coverings in public settings may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among members and guests at First Baptist Church. This means you should wear your face coverings when you are entering and exiting buildings, walking to and from the bathroom, and gathering with others in your classroom or other communal spaces.
Specifically, CDC recommends wearing face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. This is especially important when socially distancing is difficult.
Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, frequent handwashing, and self-isolation when sick.
Core Responsibility #3: Protect Yourself
Taking steps to protect yourself will also help prevent community
spread. You should:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash and sanitize hands upon entering and exiting buildings and classrooms.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Maintain cleanliness through removal of unnecessary personal items and debris to create clean counter spaces and support of cleaning efforts on common surfaces. If additional cleaning is needed, please contact Jeff Fitzhugh.
- Monitor your health daily. If experiencing any symptoms listed above, DO NOT come to church. Contact a healthcare provider and notify the church.
Core Responsibility #4: Reporting, Isolating, & Quarantining
First Baptist Church’s guidelines for isolation and quarantine help to separate individuals who are sick or potentially exposed to COVID-19. First Baptist Church requires all staff, and members to report COVID-19 exposure and/or symptoms according to its respective Health and Safety guidelines.
We are excited to welcome members and guests back to our church and are grateful for the support and steps each of you will take to help ensure success.
COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
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