Hello DIC Cypress Church Family,
As you are aware, we have been under a stay home order for the last few weeks; that order as directed by the Governor will expire Thursday, April 30, 2020. In accordance with the new directives, we have been granted permission to reopen our place of worship beginning May 1, 2020 at 25% capacity. As a result, DIC Cypress Church has began to make plans to reopen in accordance with the State’s guidelines. This includes applying ALL safety and minimum standard health protocols and adopting additional protocols consistent with our specific needs at DIC Cypress Church. Our main goal to help ensure the safety and health of all our members and staff.
We now know that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should rigorously follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate a safe and measured reopening of DIC Cypress Church. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe these practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable.
Below is our Reopening Strategy and an outline of the Health Protocols we will implement in service of our members and staff:
Following the recommended health protocols below,
▪ PHASE ONE:
DIC Cypress resumes on Sunday, May 3, 2020 with essential Staff and Servant Leaders ONLY, not to exceed the 25% capacity directive. These are the minimum number of people required to effectively conduct our ONSITE services. We will continue to livestream ALL services ONLINE on our social media platforms.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020: DIC Cypress Church office resumes ONSITE operations.
▪ PHASE TWO:
DIC Cypress resumes ONSITE Services with 50% capacity increase on a date to be announced later, following State Government directives. We will continue to livestream ALL services ONLINE on our social media platforms.
▪ PHASE THREE:
DIC Cypress resumes ONSITE Services with 100% capacity increase on a date to be announced later, following State Government directives. We will continue to livestream ALL services ONLINE on our social media platforms.
HEALTH PROTOCOLS FOR ALL STAFF AND SERVANT LEADERS:
1. All Staff and Servant Leaders MUST follow appropriate cleaning, disinfecting, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
2. All Staff and Servant Leaders MUST be screened before coming into the church facilities.
▪ We will send home any Staff or Servant Leader who has any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
|– Cough||– Chills||– Muscle Pains|
|– Sore Throat||– Diarrhea||– Headache|
|– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing||– Repeated shaking with chills||– Loss of taste of smell|
|– Known close contact with a person|
who is lab-confirmed to
|– Feeling feverish or a measured temperature|
greater than or
equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
▪ We will not allow any staff or servant leaders with the new or worsening signs or symptoms listed above to return until:
- – In the case of a Staff or Servant Leader who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return when all three of the following criteria are met: at least 3 days (72 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications), and the individual has improvements in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or
- – In the case of a Staff or Servant Leader has symptoms that could be COVID-19 related and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, the individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return until the individual has completed the same three-step criteria listed above; or
- – If the Staff or Servant Leader has symptoms that could be COVID-19 related and wants to return before completing the above self-isolation period, the individual must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual to return based on an alternative diagnosis.
▪ We will not allow a Staff or Servant Leader with known close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to return until the end of the 14 days self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure (with an exception granted for healthcare workers and critical infrastructure workers).
3. ALL Staff and Servant Leaders MUST wash or sanitize their hands upon entering.
4. ALL Staff and Servant Leaders MUST maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals. If such distancing is not feasible, then other measures including face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation MUST be rigorously practiced.
HEALTH PROTOCOLS FOR SERVING OUR ONSITE ATTENDEES
1. We Strongly encourage any at-risk population* to watch ONLINE or participate in the services remotely.
2. We will designate an area inside our facilities specially reserved for any at-risk population* that choose to attend ONSITE services.
3. We will ensure proper spacing between attendees.
▪ We will keep at least two empty seats (or six feet separation) between parties in any row, except as follows:
- Two or more members of the same household can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.
- Two individuals who are not members of the same household but who are attending together can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.
▪ We will also alternate rows between attendees, as necessary.
▪ We will keep our Children’s church closed for now. Household will sit together in the sanctuary or designated area.
4. Consistent with the actions taken by many churches, congregations, and places of worship across the state, we recommend EVERYONE wear cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). If available, consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
*At-risk population are those who are 65 or older, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system