Lifepoint Church Reopening Plan


This document is a 4-phase reopening plan that is consistent with the Individual and Employers section of the Opening Up America Guideline, the COVID-19 Guidance from the CDC and the State of Kansas Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.  Guidance was also taken from other sources with church-specific information.  It is imperative that Lifepoint Church attendees take shared responsibility in protecting the health of their fellow church members even if not in full agreement with the guidelines and procedures communicated.  


We are all in this TOGETHER.

 

  • This plan was developed with the following in mind:
  • Priority will be given to minimize the threat to the health and safety of staff, serve team members and guests.
  • The re-opening process will be continually monitored and re-evaluated.
  • Conditions will be continually monitored and immediate steps taken to limit or mitigate any chance of exposure.
  •  If Church leadership becomes aware of a clear, immediate and imminent threat to the safety of the attendees the service will be immediately disbanded.   


It must be kept in mind that any significant spikes could place us back into a previous phase. Shawnee County has adopted the State Plan for reopening.  In the State plan, religious and faith-based organizations have been reclassified as essential businesses.  Under that plan we are able to hold church services with reduced attendance and with restrictions in place.  The main restrictions are that we have to be able to maintain at least 6 feet between non-family attendees and avoid instances in which groups of more than 10 are together in one location during Phase 1 (Phase 2 allows up to 30 in a group and Phase 3 allows up to 90 in a group). This plan meets the guidelines and restrictions outlined in the State Plan and follows guidance from the CDC and the Whitehouse.

 

  

Summary of Phases:

Phase 1 – (starting May 31)

  • Vulnerable people and family members of vulnerable people should use their own discretion attending in person services.
  • Limited number of Lifepoint Church attendees (50 per service)
  • No children’s ministries provided
  • No passing offering baskets
  • Discourage handshakes, hugs and other physical contact
  • Encourage strict social distancing protocol of minimum of 6’ maintained at all times of non-family members
  • Specific entrance and exit points
  • No lines forming in bathrooms (two per restroom at a time if maintain social distance)
  • No loitering before or after services inside of the facility. No groups of 10 or more in close proximity.


 

Phase 2 – (starting June 14)

  • All guidelines in Phase 1 still apply except:
  • Consider increasing number of attendees allowed.
  • Consider providing children’s ministries if guidelines can be met
  • Gathering before or after services inside of facility acceptable as long as social distance protocol is considered.  No groups of 30 or more in close proximity.


 

Phase 3 – (starting June 28)

  • Vulnerable people should limit their exposure to others.
  • Consider no limit on attendees based off of success/challenges of previous 2 phases.
  • All services/ministries in consideration of re-opening.
  • Social distancing encouraged but choice of each individual.
  • All normal entrances open.
  • Gathering before or after services inside of the facility okay as long as social distance protocol is considered.  No groups of 90 or more in close proximity.



Phase Out – (starting July 12)

  • Vulnerable People can attend in person services but should limit exposure to others.
  • No limit on attendees
  • All services/ministries open.
  • Social distancing encouraged but choice of each individual 



Lifepoint Church Reopening Plan


Phase 1 Opening Guidelines


Guidelines for facilities:

  • Prior to and following the in-person service, the facility will be deep-cleaned with detailed sanitizing on commonly utilized surfaces (ie: door knobs, hand rails, light switches and surfaces in bathroom areas.)
  • The in-person service is limited to 50 individuals. 
  • The above number shall not include Pastors, Worship Team members, Serve Team Members or other personnel required to conduct the service.
  • Family units that live together may sit close together but otherwise the maximum social distancing possible will be used.  The minimum social distance used will be from the CDC recommended protocol which is a minimum distance of 6 feet.
  • A single point of entry and designated exits will be used to encourage a one-way traffic pattern to ensure social distancing. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the facility.
  • Exterior doors will be propped open prior to and after services to minimize touching of handles.
  • Facility staff will be on hand continually sanitizing surfaces.


Guidelines for Attendees and Serve Team Members:


Your care group leader will communicate which service you should attend so that attendance can be capped at the proposed numbers and minimize the chance of turning people away.   The below guidelines will be communicated to attendees prior to signing up.  Additionally, a summary of precautions Lifepoint is taking can be communicated so they can make an informed decision to attend in person services.


  • High-risk individuals will be advised not to attend the in-person service.
  • Guests who live with someone who is part of the vulnerable population should not attend in person services.
  • Guests who are known to have had any contact with known COVID-19 confirmed cases within 14 days should not attend.
  • Advise all attendees to perform temperature checks at home on prior to attending the service-  if temperature is over your normal baseline temperature, DO NOT attend.
  • Individuals that are ill or have fevers cannot attend.
  • Attendees will be advised to bring their own PPE, including masks and gloves.
  • Attendees will be advised not to engage in hand shaking, hugs or other physical contact.
  • Attendees will be advised to wash their clothes following the service.
  • Attendees will be notified of the no loitering guideline inside the church before and after services.
  • Staff/Serve Team Members shall wash their hands frequently.




Phase 2 Opening Guidelines


Upon the State of Kansas entering phase 2 AND prior services demonstrated the ability to continue meeting guidelines with an increase in attendees, we can move into LIFEPOINT Phase 2.



Guidelines for facilities:

  • Prior to and following the in-person service, the facility will be deep-cleaned.
  • The in-person service is limited to 50 individuals but may be reassessed.
  • The above number shall not include Pastors, Worship Team members, AVL members, Serve Team Members or other personnel required to conduct the service.
  • Family units that live together may sit close together but otherwise the maximum social distancing possible will be used.  The minimum social distance used will be from the CDC recommended protocol which is a minimum distance of 6 feet.
  • A single point of entry and designated exits will be used to encourage a one-way traffic pattern to ensure social distancing. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the facility.
  • Exterior doors will be propped open prior to and after services to minimize touching of handles.
  • Facility staff will be on hand continually sanitizing surfaces.
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Guidelines for Attendees and Serve Team Members:

Your small group leader will communicate which service you should attend so that attendance can be capped at the proposed numbers and minimize the chance we would have to turn people away.  The below guidelines can be communicated to Lifepoint members prior to signing up.  Additionally, a summary of precautions LIFEPOINT is taking can be communicated so they can make an informed decision to attend in person services.


  • Guests who are known to have had any contact with known COVID-19 confirmed cases should not attend.
  • Advise all attendees to perform temperature checks at home on prior to attending the service-  if temperature is over your normal baseline temperature, DO NOT attend.
  • Individuals that are ill or have fevers cannot attend.
  • High-risk individuals will be advised not to attend the in-person service.
  • Attendees will be advised to bring their own PPE, including masks and gloves.
  • Attendees will be advised not to engage in hand shaking, hugs or other physical contact.
  • Attendees will be advised to wash their clothes following the service.
  • Staff/Serve Team Members shall wash their hands frequently. 



Phase 3 Opening Guidelines


Upon the State of Kansas entering phase 3 AND prior services demonstrated the ability to continue meeting guidelines with an increase in attendees, we can move into LIFEPOINT Phase 3.


Guidelines for facilities:

  • Prior to and following the in-person service, the facility will be deep-cleaned;
  • The in-person service will be determined by leadership based off of capabilities shown during previous phases.  Any restrictions will follow established guidelines.
  • Attendees can social distance as they see fit.
  • All normal entrances will be in use.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the facility.
  • Facility staff will be on hand sanitizing surfaces.


 

Guidelines for Attendees and Serve Team Members:

Your small group leader will communicate which service you should attend so that attendance can be capped at the proposed numbers and minimize the chance we would have to turn people away.  Additionally, if children’s ministries are open this could decrease total numbers in the sanctuary.   The below guidelines can be communicated to Lifepoint members prior to signing up.  Additionally, a summary of precautions LIFEPOINT is taking can be communicated so they can make an informed decision to attend in person services.



  • No limits on who can attend beyond the below:
  • Guests who are known to have had any contact with known COVID-19 confirmed cases should not attend for 14 days after contact;
  • Individuals that are ill or have fevers cannot attend;
  • Attendees will be advised they can bring their own PPE, including masks and gloves
  • Staff/Serve Team Members shall wash their hands frequently.



Phase Out Opening Guidelines


Upon the State of Kansas entering the phase out section of their guidance AND prior services demonstrated we have the capacity and capability to resume normal weekend services, we can move into the Phase Out portion of the reopen plan.



Guidelines for facilities:

  • Facility will be cleaned as per accepted practices and procedures.
  • No limits of attendees beyond those established by the fire code official.
  • Attendees can social distance as they see fit.
  • All normal entrances will be in use.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the facility.



Guidelines for Attendees and Serve Team Members:

  • No limits on who can attend beyond the below:
  • o   Guests who are known to have had any contact with known COVID-19 confirmed cases should not attend for 14 days after contact.
  • o   Individuals that are ill or have fevers cannot attend.
  • Attendees will be advised they can bring their own PPE, including masks and gloves
  •        Staff/Serve Team Members shall wash their hands frequently.


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