Please describe your congregation’s plan to provide for the following additional sanitation considerations specific to houses of worship. — Before and after each service, clean and disinfect the following high-contact surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics. Disinfect any items that come into contact with attendees. (Prayerbooks, Hymnals, pew-racks. Bulletins should be one-time use only.) Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water or similar disinfectant readily available. Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
We will create a checklist in sections of the building wth volunteers assigned by section to complete a pre-service sanitation regimen using CDC approved disinfectant sprays for surfaces, and a solution of Murphy’s oil and bleach for wood surfaces from the exterior hand rails up to the altar, in zones: Zone 1 Exterior – Handrails and door handles and frames Zone 2 Rear entry of church (overseen by an usher as congregants enter) – Exterior surfaces of hand sanitizer dispensers – Donation box – Clean pens in a cup for the resister; a “used pens” basket for discards – Organ and bench – Light switches – Baptismal Font (emptied of water) – Table where bulletins are placed Zone 3 Pews, including racks (emptied) for hymnals – Left side – Not only pews marked as allowed seating, but empty pews where hands may rest on backs – Window frames where hands open and close the same Zone 4 Same as 3, but right side Zone 5 – South door – Fan – Piano – Altar rail Zone 6 – Pulpit – Lectern – Seats for each – Altar surface – Candle lighters – Candle snuffer Zone 7 – Church hall for overflow, in any, where seats will be set up and distanced, wiped down – Light switches Zone 8 – Restrooms: toilet, sink, door handles and frames, light switches (2 Bathrooms are very small) Zone 9 – Kitchen – It is recommended that the kitchen door be closed to discourage passage in and out, but the sink should be scrubbed before and after, with small paper cups available for water for those needing it All who participate in the clean up will have designated zones with checklist, wear gloves, and have their own bottle(s) of cleaning supplies that are rinsed and stored when finished. Post services, when the church is geared, the same will be repeated. The church sanctuary is open 24/7. Bulletins will be collected in a single track container that is closed up and taken to recycling.