Updated: Jul 27
While many churches have safely reopened their doors, COVID-19 continues to evolve. With the emergence of the Delta variant and some areas experiencing an increase in positive cases, new recommendations may arise. It remains important to adhere to state and local guidelines as well as prioritize proper sanitation.
Here are some important considerations for church sanitation plans.
1. Develop a plan
If you have not already done so, the first step to proper sanitation is developing a plan. Ensure that your church is cleaned and sanitized before any gathering takes place. Walk through your facility to identify high traffic or high touchpoint areas and make a note to continually disinfect them. Create a cleaning schedule. Keep a log of the areas that are cleaned and what supplies are used for each surface. Determine how you will get your cleaning supplies and equipment. This could include borrowing, renting, or purchasing items. If you need to purchase items, consider purchasing through one of GCFA’s ministry partners like the Home Depot, Ecolab, or Staples to receive discounts on supplies. For a list of disinfectants that are EPA-approved to fight against COVID-19, refer to the EPA website.
2. Implement and maintain your plan
Once you implement a plan, follow your cleaning schedule and take frequent inventory of your cleaning supplies to ensure you can disinfect your facility on a regular basis. Again, it is particularly important to clean in between, before and after worship services and other church gatherings. Remember the importance and effectiveness of social distancing while staff or volunteers are cleaning.
3. Continually evaluate your plan
Whether you are new to developing a church sanitation plan or have had one implemented for some time, remember that it is important to make sure your plan reflects how your church is operating today. If certain areas of your facility have recently opened up that were previously closed, they should be included in your regular cleaning rotation. Additionally, consider if you need to increase the purchase of products that promote healthy hygiene like soap, paper towels, or hand sanitizer. Continue to keep masks on-site for when social distancing is difficult or for particularly vulnerable guests.
The pandemic unfortunately remains a public health threat despite some restrictions being lifted. Staying vigilant while carrying out your church’s sanitation plan and continuing to adhere to state and local guidelines can help make your ministry a safer place for your congregants and community to gather.
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