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Facilities Usage

NORTH SHORE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Facility Usage Policy during Restore Illinois/COVID-19 Pandemic


1. Purpose and Scope

This Facility Usage Policy defines the usage of the NSCCC facility during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Phases 1-4 of Restore Illinois are included. 

Phase 5 is excluded from this document. As Phase 5 removes all state restrictions due to COVID-19, NSCCC shall return to the standard facility usage policy in Phase 5. 

Although we are eager to meet together in-person, we believe that our continuing on-line worship, fellowship, Bible study, prayer, and meetings suffice to encourage each other until local, state, national, and international medical experts determine protocols for safer in- person meetings in light of coronavirus. (See Heb. 10:25.) Our church is highly aware of the risk of this pandemic to ourselves, our immediate family members, and our extended family members not only in the United States but also abroad. Thus, NSCCC will take a cautious approach to resuming in-person meetings with the understanding that our attendees will also be careful for their own health and the health of fellow church attendees. 

This document may be updated as changes are announced.


2. Definitions

NSCCC Facility: The North Shore Chinese Christian Church facility located at 1250 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 

Restore Illinois: The Illinois government’s approach to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan and phase definitions can be viewed at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore


3. Phase 1 - 3

3.1 Phase 1 and 2 Facility Usage 

   3.1.1 Only NSCCC staff and persons providing an agreed upon service (such as cleaning) may access the facility. 

   3.1.2 All persons entering the facility should sign into the logbook.

3.2 Phase 1 and 2 Preventative Measures 

   3.2.1 Social distance of at least 6ft should be observed. 

   3.2.2 Facemasks should be worn when distancing is not possible. When available, facemasks will be provided. 

   3.2.3 When available, hand sanitizer will be provided. 

   3.2.4 Facility will be cleaned weekly, with a focus on areas the staff use. 

   3.2.5 Individuals that have had exposure to coronavirus may not enter the facility for: 

             • If asymptomatic, 14 days after exposure 

             • If symptomatic, 14 days after cessation of symptoms

3.3 Phase 3 Facility Usage

   3.3.1 Maximum group size within the NSCCC facility is 10 people. Ministry Committees will need to coordinate staggering of

            schedules. 

   3.3.2 Only the Sanctuary is open for group use. 

   3.3.3 Persons showing any symptoms of COVID-19 may be asked to leave the facility. 

   3.3.4 Persons that are high risk (elderly or with underlying health conditions) are discouraged from using the facility. 

   3.3.5 All persons entering the facility should sign into the logbook.

3.4 Phase 3 Preventative Measures 

   3.4.1 Social distance of at least 6ft should be observed. 

   3.4.2 Facemasks should be worn when distancing is not possible. When available, 

            facemasks will be provided. 

   3.4.3 When available, hand sanitizer and surface wipes will be provided. 

   3.4.4 Facility will be cleaned weekly, with a focus on areas that have been occupied. 

   3.4.5 Individuals that have had exposure to coronavirus may not enter the facility for: 

             • If asymptomatic, 14 days after exposure 

             • If symptomatic, 14 days after cessation of symptoms 


4. Phase 4

4.1 Facility Usage 

   4.1.1 Maximum headcount within the building is 50 people. Ministry Committees will need to coordinate staggering of

            schedules. 

               • Events with possibility to overlap will be added one at a time to allow for evaluation of attendance and impact on

                  other events. 

               • The NSCCC Program Calendar will be used to track events at the facility. 

   4.1.2 Only the Sanctuary, MPR, and Fellowship Hall/Lower Lobby are open for group use. Classrooms and conference 

            rooms are closed. 

   4.1.3 Lingering in the Upper Lobby is discouraged. 

   4.1.4 Persons showing any symptoms of COVID-19 may be asked to leave the facility. It is the responsibility of the attendee

            to determine if they have COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry into the facility. The CDC list of symptoms can be viewed

            at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

   4.1.5 Persons that are high risk (elderly or with underlying health conditions) are discouraged from using the facility. 

   4.1.6 All persons entering the facility shall sign into the physical logbook or digital form. For facility usage by larger groups,

            a recorded list of attendees may replace individual logbook sign in. 

   4.1.7 Additional exits may be open to help regulate flow of foot traffic. 

   4.1.8 Restroom use is limited to one person or family at a time.

4.2 Preventative Measures 

   4.2.1 Social distance of at least 6ft should be observed. 

   4.2.2 Facemasks must be worn by able persons over 2 years old while in common areas. (lobby, hallways, sanctuary pews,

            MPR, fellowship hall/lower lobby, restrooms). When available, facemasks will be provided. 

   4.2.3 When available, hand sanitizer and surface wipes will be provided. 

   4.2.4 Facility will be cleaned weekly, with a focus on areas that have been occupied. 

   4.2.5 Individuals that have had exposure to coronavirus may not enter the facility for: 

             • If asymptomatic, 14 days after exposure 

             • If symptomatic, 14 days after cessation of symptoms

 

4.3 Sanctuary Usage 

   4.3.1 Pews will be marked to indicate staggered seating with at least 6ft separation. Members of the same household may

            sit together. 

   4.3.2 Bibles, hymnals, and pens will be removed from pews. Relevant information will need to be available online or in a 

            handout. 

   4.3.3 Facemasks must be worn by congregants in the pews when speaking or singing. 

   4.3.4 Weather permitting, windows and fans will be used to ventilate the sanctuary in between group use. 

   4.3.5 Additional safety measures may be enacted by a relevant Ministry Committee, such as how to handle the offering and

            communion.

4.4 MPR Usage 

   4.4.1 MPR use for non-sport purposes will follow 4.2, Preventative Measures. 

   4.4.2 Food and drink in the MPR are subject to approval by the Trustee and relevant Ministry Committee Chairperson. 

   4.4.3 MPR use for sport purposes is prohibited.

 

4.5 Fellowship Hall/Lower Lobby Usage 

   4.5.1 FH&LL use for non-sport purposes will follow 4.2, Preventative Measures. 

   4.5.2 Food and drink in the FH&LL are subject to approval by the Trustee and relevant Ministry Committee Chairperson. 

   4.5.3 FH&LL use for sport purposes is prohibited. 

 

5. Miscellaneous 

While this document establishes regulations and guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is ultimately up to each individual to evaluate their risk prior to attending a NSCCC function.

Approved 2020-07-19

North Shore
Chinese Christian
Church

847.945.6760

1250 Waukegan Road

Deerfield, IL 60015

Every Sunday

Chinese Mandarin Worship

9:15 AM

English Worship

11:00 AM

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