Church Plan for In-Person Service

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Updated: May 15, 2021

Special Announcement: MPBC COVID Protocol Masking and Social Distancing Guidelines

On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new masking and social distancing guidelines for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. However, the MPBC COVID Protocol masking and social distancing guidelines remain unchanged.  All personnel will continue to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet social distancing  while on the MPBC campus and inside the church until further guidance is provided.

 

OPERATING STATUS

Current Operating Status: Regular In-person services will commence April 18th at10:30 a.m.  This schedule will be followed through the end of September.    Please use this link to review registration information. The online service schedule remains unchanged.  

MPBC RE-ENTRY PLAN

Download the Complete MPBC Ministry Continuity Plan Amid COVID-19

Use this link to download a PDF of the MPBC Ministry Continuity Plan Amid COVID-19

The following general procedures will be used when the church opens for physical attendance. 

SAFETY PLAN

1. Pre-Arrival Checklist

There will be a checklist sent out via email to the membership and posted on the Realm and MPBC website. We are asking that each member would review the checklist weekly and assess the health status of yourself and your household prior to attending service at Mount Pleasant.

If you answer yes to any of the questions on the checklist, we are asking that you avoid in-person worship service and stay home and take advantage of the live streaming services on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

If you have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, you are asked to not attend in person worship services and take advantage of the live streaming services on Facebook Live or YouTube Live.

For those Church Family members who may have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 we are asking you to stay home and take advantage of the live streaming services on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Close contact is defined by the CDC as "Being within approximately 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes, living with someone who has COVID-19, taking care of someone with COVID-19, and having direct contact with infectious secretions from a person with COVID-19.”

We will continue to offer Online Worship Services for any Church Family who do not feel comfortable coming to Worship Service for any reason.

 

2. Proper Hygiene Practices

When you arrive at the church, there will be a health check in the Parking Lot. This will consist of a temperature check and brief health survey.

We encourage you to continue to maintain good hand hygiene, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. We will have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap and hand sanitizer.

 MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. Masks are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. If you cannot wear a mast for a sustained period, you will not be able to attend in person Worship Services.

Water Fountains WILL NOT be available for use. Bottled water will be available if needed.

3. Physical Distancing

Following the guidelines of the CDC we will social distance while on the campus. We will provide physical guides, such as tape on pews, floors or walkways and signs on walls to ensure that congregants always remain at least 6 feet apart to the best of their ability.

Family members may be seated together but everyone else will be seated in six-foot increments.

4. Cleaning and Sanitizing the building

The church building will be cleaned in between each Service.

We are asking that once church is over, you exit the building immediately so that the cleaning may start.

Industrial cleaning supplies will be used. If these products types are a known irritant for you and or family members you may want to consider staying at home and participating in the streaming services on Face Book Live or YouTube Live.

ALL activities at the Church during the week will remain cancelled unless approved by the Senior Pastor. (We will continue to live stream Wednesday Bible Study!)

5. In case someone becomes sick during in- person Worship Services

If anyone begins to show symptoms during Service, they will be taken to the Crying Room until they can be transported home.

We will notify local health officials if a person diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the facility and communicate with staff about potential exposure while maintaining confidentiality as required by HIPPA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other applicable laws and in accordance with religious practices.

Our protocol will be to close off areas used by the sick person (s) and to not use the area until cleaning and disinfection has been completed. We will ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants.

We advise congregants with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19 not to return to the facility until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation and or been properly cleared by authorized medical staff.

Service Attendance and Participation Guidelines

1. Worship Service

Following the CDC guidelines stating that occupancy shall be limited to no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy of the room or facility in which the religious services are conducted, we will have no more than 180 for each Service (this includes members attending and support staff). We will have Service at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM and will continue to offer Online Service at 10:30 AM each Sunday.

Members will be asked to RSVP for a specific Worship Service on The REALM. Once we reach our maximum capacity, we will shut the RSVP mode down, which will be an indication to either search for another Service or participate in our online Service. We are asking that you come to the Worship Service that you sign up for.

We will have an abbreviated worship service at both services.

2. Our Best Practices are as followed:

The choir will be limited to 6 people  (not including musicians)

We will walk to receive the offering. Offering will be held at the end of service. We will use best social distancing practices to receive the offering.

For the Lord’s Supper on the 4th Sunday. We will populate the pews with the elements using the cup holders in the back of the pews and will also utilize the empty bible holders for additional space. Used containers will be left in holders behind the pews and the Ushers will collect them between services.

We will have one Men’s and one Women’s bathroom open during services. We are asking you to limit it to three persons in a bathroom at a time.

Baptisms will be suspended until further notice.

Baby Blessings will be scheduled through the Senior Pastor’s office and may be done on an alternate date.

 3. Church Activities

Due to CDC and the State of Virginia Guidelines it is best that we continue to follow Social Distancing Guidelines. Thus, Sunday Service is all that will be offered in the MPBC building until further notice.

Wednesday Night Bible Study will continue to be offered online.

There will be NO CHILDREN’S CHURCH.

All Meetings will continue to be virtual.

RE-ENTRY SCHEDULE

PHASE I                    DAILY OPERATION WITH MINIMUM STAFFING (see pages 3 through 10 of the MPBC Ministry Continuity Plan)                             July 7th

PHASE II                   REOPEN WORSHIP SERVICE  (see pages 11 through 32 of the MPBC Ministry Continuity Plan)                                                                TBD

PHASE III                  MPBC CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (see pages 57 and 58 of the MPBC Ministry Continuity Plan)                                                                       TBD

PHASE IV                 Full Operation (within Federal, State, and Local Guidelines, see pages 33 through 41 of the MPBC Ministry Continuity Plan)            TBD

 
COVID Reference Library

Please use the links below to review COVID19 reference guidance:

Coronavirus and COVID Reference 1

Notification-Enforcement-Discretion-HIPPA Reference 2

Airborne Transmission of SARS-COV-2 Reference 3

Characteristics of Airborne Bacterial Communities in Indoor and Outdoor Reference 4

Transmission of COVID Virus by Droplets and Aerosols Reference 5

N95a - Sufficient Protection for COVID 19 Reference 6

COVID-19 Protection Reference 7

LArson Electronic HVAC Catalogue 2020 Reference 8

LArson Electronic HVAC Information Paper Induct Reference 9

LArson Electronic HVAC Information Paper Reference 9

UV White Paper Reference 10

Far UV Light 222 nm Reference 11

IUVA Fact Sheet on UV Disinfection for COVID-19 Reference 12

Efficacy of an Automated Multiple Emitter - Whole Room UV-C Reference 13

COVID-19 Sterilizers - Disinfectant - Purifiers - Guidance Policy Reference 14

Tudi-Whitepaper-NPBI Reference 15

GPS-White Paper - NPBI Explained Reference 16

Global Plasma Solutions Virtually Eliminates Static SARS-CoV-2 Reference 17

GPS-iMOD Modular Needlepoint Bipolar Fact Sheet Reference 18

Independent Laboratory Test Results Reference 19

Innovative Bioanalysis Reference 20

MERV Filter Systems and COVID-19 Reference 21

ASHRAE Position Document on Filtration and Air Cleaning Reference 22

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Built Environment Considerations To Reduce Transmission Reference 23

Amended EO-67-Order of Public Health Emergency - Seven Reference 24

EO-68-Order of Public Health Emergency Eight- Additional Restrictions on the Eastern Region Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Reference 25 

State of Virginia Safer at Home - Phase-Three-Guidelines-Reference 26

CDC’s main COVID-19 Web page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Web page: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
Virginia Governor’s COVID-19 Web page: https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
For information on the status of COVID -19 at a county, state, and nation level; statistics, vaccines, prevention, symptoms, treatment, and testing https://www.bing.com/search?q=coronavirus

COVID-19 TESTING SITES

COVID-19 testing is available in Fairfax & surrounding jurisdictions.  

Use this link to find a coronavirus testing site in the Fairfax Health District or search for a testing site in Virginia near you. Note: this may not include every site currently offering testing in Fairfax Health.

MPBC HOSTED COVID-19 TESTING

To support safe interactions, MPBC hosted COVID-19 testing on Saturday November 21, 2020.

COVID Testing

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