COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Van City Church

Van City is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone who attends and works at a gathering. To ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, Van City has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff and lead volunteers are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our gatherings and communities, and that requires full cooperation among everyone attending the gathering. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our gatherings.

The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by Patrick Porter, who maintains the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, staff and lead volunteers are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with, and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Van City’s staff and lead volunteers have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this plan.

Van City is serious about safety and health and protecting the individuals attending the gatherings. The involvement of these people is essential in implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. This plan will be presented to the public before the gathering. There will also be staff, lead volunteers, and signage to remind everyone attending the gathering of the rules and regulations we have set. 

Van City has reviewed and incorporated the Modified Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 Religious and Faith-based Organization COVID-19 Requirements as issued by Jay Inslee and the State of Washington. These requirements and safety practices include:

Before the gathering, there will be a COVID-19 safety training for the staff and lead volunteers. 

Everyone attending the gathering will have their temperature checked before entering the building. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher will not be permitted to attend the gathering. 

Every individual who enters the building will be logged with contact info. In the event that someone with COIVD-19 attends a gathering, this information will be used to trace potential outbreaks. If such an event were to occur, Van City would communicate with the Washington State Department of Health appropriately. Every individual in the gathering would be notified, gatherings would be postponed to reevaluate our procedures and how to reopen safely.   

Tissues and trash cans will be placed throughout the location.

Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be set up and available throughout the building. 

Two restrooms with running water and soap dispensers will be available at each gathering. Access will be controlled and limited to no more than two people at a time. Individuals waiting to use the restroom must maintain at least 6 feet distance between each person. 

Anything to be consumed will not be presented in a communal container or plate. Offering bags will not be passed to individuals in the gathering. 

COVID-19 safety information, posters, and signs will be visible throughout the location. 

There will be one door used for entrance and exit to the gathering area. Other access points will be closed. 

Everyone in attendance at the gathering will wear a face covering. Appropriate masks will be available outside of the building. A properly worn mask is required to enter the building. We encourage the use of a face covering by children 3-5 if possible. Children 5 and older must wear a face covering. 

Social distancing will be implemented in the entire building. Members of the same household may be seated together as a single unit. All other individuals will maintain six feet of space between themselves and other individuals. Markers and signs will be provided to help maintain social distancing throughout the building. 

There will be no physical contact between individuals unless they are members of the same household. 

Between gatherings, all high touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected. The building will be cleared of all individuals except for staff and lead volunteers. Rubber gloves will be used and disinfecting cleaners will be purchased or made with guidelines from the CDC. 

Disinfectants and cleaning supplies will be available to everyone in the building. 

Individuals will be required to exit the building as soon as the gathering is finished and will be released by rows to ensure social distancing. 

Van City will work with the owners of the building that the gathering will take place to ensure that all of the rules and regulations are followed. We also are open and looking for more ways to ensure the safety of every individual attending the gatherings.