“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
I don’t think Tolkien was talking about the Novel Coronavirus when he wrote those words, but I do think I know how he felt. And when it comes to re-opening your church during a pandemic, unique times call for unique solutions. We must take the necessary steps to re-open safely, and TouchPoint is here to help.
Before we begin, however, we do want to point out that these suggestions should not be constituted as legal advice and each church should follow the guidance of the state and local leaders. Further, it’s our belief that churches should continue to offer a variety of virtual offerings to continue to serve those most vulnerable for whom it might not be safe or wise for them to meet in person. Church leaders should also stress to their congregants that they should only attend if they feel safe and secure doing so, and should not attend if they are ill or prone to illness.
With those precautions in mind, let’s talk about some things you can do now to ensure a smooth and safe re-opening.
In order to adequately prepare, it’s important to know how many people may be arriving on your campus. A registration process might look something like this:
An easy way to create predictable foot traffic flow in and out of your building is by designating where an attendee can park.
In a post COVID-19 world, greeters shaking hands may be a thing of the past. That doesn’t mean we can’t still be warm and inviting!
Here’s a few tips for Greeters:
For safety and crowd control reasons, many churches may want to maintain a list of those who entered the building. TouchPoint has several Check-In features that will make this process smooth:
It’s likely that churches will face difficult decisions on how to handle attendees once capacity is reached. Here are some important questions to ask yourself and your staff:
In these early stages of re-opening, childcare may not be a safe option.
Beyond the items listed above, there are other important decisions to be made in order to maintain a safe and sanitary environment:
So there’s our list! We’d love to hear from you as well. What steps will your church be taking to maintain a safe atmosphere while re-opening your doors?
Stay tuned for more information on how TouchPoint can help. Next week, we’ll be focusing on the unique solutions TouchPoint can provide as you prepare.
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