Building Use Policy During COVID Pandemic

Policy ratification date: September 25, 2020

Expected expiration: November 3, 2020

Building and Worship Service rules: 
  • If you have any symptoms of upper airway infection or you suspect you have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days please stay home and join the service via our live-stream! 
  • To comply with state regulations, we are requiring all attendees on Sunday and staff or visitors during the week to wear a mask when on-site, except for; 
    • children under 5 years old 
    • people with either a disability or medical condition which prevents them from wearing a mask 
    • speaking or playing an instrument when on stage (please wear a mask to and from the stage) 
    • church staff members when she/he is at a workstation which is at least 6 feet isolated from others 
    • church staff members and volunteers while seated in scheduled meetings with pre-set seating at least 6 feet apart. They may remove their masks to speak and listen as long as they remain seated 
      • Masks are required when passing items between themselves
      • Masks are required when leaving one’s seat for any reason 
      • Room limits must be adhered to for determining the size of the meeting ○ Individual case by case exceptions allowed by the State of Oregon 
  • Masks are not required for outdoor meetings when a 6 foot distance is observed between people 
  • Leave a 6 foot distance between family groups, for the time being, please refrain from physical contact with those outside your family unit 
  • These building policies are in-line with the State of Oregon decrees found here, https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19 

This policy has been approved by the FBC Elder Board on behalf of the congregation and in our efforts to comply with the State of Oregon requirements as of September 4, 2020 and still in effect. This is reviewed weekly, given the regular changes in the guidelines, and any change will be announced. 

We fully appreciate the sensitive nature of the issues surrounding COVID and the varying responses. We seek to find the best guidance for the unity of our church family and our guests with respect to all who are struggling with the difficult decisions during the pandemic. We urge everyone to follow this policy out of consideration for one another. These are confusing and divisive times and we are thankful for the patience and kindness of the Lord’s people at FBC.