- At Hunters Glen Baptist Church, it is our priority to keep our members and employees healthy and safe, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we return, we will strive to balance health and safety concerns with our desire to provide a loving and caring worship experience and workplace.
- We will continue to implement new practices and protocols designed to keep health and safety a top priority. Self-screening, practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands will be key as we continue to monitor the health and safety of our people.
- Most of all we are here to support you. We trust that this information will provide clarity, practical details and establish a level of comfort for all. We understand that everyone’s needs and situations will be different, and we encourage those with specific risks or concerns to reach out any time.
- Due to the undetermined nature of the pandemic, we will frequently be evaluating these protocols, being quick to make adjustments as warranted by the pandemic or due to ministry needs and timelines.
- Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. We will continue to rely on a spirit of cooperation and understanding and most importantly the leadership of our Heavenly Father as we navigate this season.
The High 5!
- “The High 5” will be a quick guide to help us embrace the current situation. You will see this posted around Hunters Glen. We want to be prepared and we want you to be prepared. We have a unique opportunity to come together and follow a handful of guiding principles that will help us step into a different way of life as we return to our on-campus worship and workplace.
Always Be welcoming at Hunters Glen—Show and Share the Love of Christ
Stay at least six feet away from each other
Put others first, pre-screen before entering the church.
Please wear masks and wash your hands frequently
Follow all signs and guidelines
What are we doing?
- Common areas, meeting rooms, restrooms and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned on a regular basis.
- Special cleaning protocols will be followed if there is a COVID-19 case confirmed.
- Cleaning supplies will be available for members and employees to clean and disinfect their space at the end of each gathering. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be provided in every room.
- The Workrooms will be limited to 2 persons at a time.
- The coffee dispensers and other common equipment will require each person to wipe it clean after each use.
- New max-capacity guidelines for meeting rooms in the buildings will be posted to ensure social distance spacing.
- Seating modifications have been made to maintain social distancing.
- Remember, 6 ft spacing must be observed to reduce transmission of airborne particles.
- All people entering the building will be asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
- Frequent communication will be provided regarding best practices, your health and safety and the measures we are taking to support you.
What you can do
- Employees will follow the same High 5 guidelines:
- Stay home or return home if you are sick.
- Avoid using other individuals’ phones, desks, offices or other work tools and equipment. Please clean and disinfect if you must.
- Talk to a staff member or your supervisor if you have concerns specific to your circumstances, such as a health condition that places you or someone in your household at high risk.
- Follow CDC guidelines as it relates to COVID-19 related symptoms, exposure and positive test results.
- Help to create a “culture of care” by doing your part to maintain a safe, healthy and caring environment at HGBC.
Frequently Asked Questions
As an employee can I continue to work from home?
- During July and until August 23rd, employees may choose to work from home or come to the church office. We recognize that everyone will need to make a personal decision as to when he or she is comfortable returning to the office based on individual circumstances. Please reach out to your supervisor to discuss your plans for this working arrangement.
Is it safe to return to work?
- We are taking every precaution to ensure our church is safe and that we are following health and safety guidelines. We are implementing practices such as face masks, practicing social distancing and hand washing to help members and staff remain healthy. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are available throughout the church facilities.
- It is suggested that you wash your hands more frequently than normal. Additionally, common areas, meeting rooms, restrooms and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned on a regular schedule.
Will I have to check my temperature before I come to work?
- Keeping employees safe is our priority. To accomplish this task, we will be requiring employees to check their temperatures as part of the self-screening process each day before entering the church.
What should I do if I feel sick?
- Members/Employees who feel sick should notify a Church Staff member or their supervisor and not come to church.
- If the member/employee is already at church and begins feeling sick, they should notify a Church Staff member or their supervisor and go home immediately.
If a member/employee becomes sick at church and the symptoms are consistent with COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a fever defined as greater than or equal to 100 degrees F, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or sudden loss of taste or smell. Leave immediately.
- If anyone has had a household member test positive for COVID-19, he/she should also remain at home in isolation along with the family member.
- The sick individual should contact their health care provider and follow CDC guidelines regarding what steps to take when they are sick and what guidelines to follow to determine when they can return to church.
- See the CDC link below for guidance on steps to take if you are sick and when you can return to worship services and/or to the workplace.
What should I do if I feel sick and have been around members or employees?
- The sick individual will be separated from others and sent home immediately.
- The sick individual will be asked to identify all individuals they came within six feet of, 10 to 30 minutes or more, during the 48-hour period before the onset of symptoms.
- Any individual who has associated closely with the sick individual will be sent home to self-quarantine for 14 days under CDC Guidance to ensure the infection does not spread.
- While quarantined, those individuals should self-monitor for symptoms, avoid contact with high-risk individuals, contact their health care provider if symptoms develop and follow the CDC guidance on when they can return to church.
- The name of the sick individual will be shared only with those that have a true need to know.
- After a suspected COVID-19 case, facilities will follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting (i.e.) classrooms, offices, bathrooms, computer equipment, and common areas used by the ill person, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
How will positive cases of COVID-19 be handled?
- Despite all precautionary measures, there is always a risk of exposure to COVID-19. Should an individual contract COVID-19 and expose others in our facilities, we will immediately inform all persons who have potentially been exposed.
- Those potentially exposed persons will be sent home and a thorough cleaning of the area will be done.
- If working remotely is possible, the employee will be asked to work remotely for 14 days. A thorough cleaning of the area will be done.
- All individuals that have been potentially exposed will be notified of the actions we have taken.
- See CDC Guidance for community exposure steps and steps to take if you are sick.