In-person church Service

                                       FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Church re-opening?

As per the Saskatchewan Re-Opening Roadmap. Churches have been given the privilege of extending the seating capacity.

The total number of people participating in services cannot exceed 30 per cent of seating capacity or 150 people, whichever is less.

Individuals must be separated by two metres, unless part of the same extended household group.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/saskatchewans-re-opening-roadmap#re-opening-roadmap

 

  • How can I register to attend an in-person service?

 

 

 

  • Family bubbles… can we sit together?

Yes, they can sit and drive together. It is recommended that you also register together. This helps to maximize seating capacity. 

 

  • Is wearing a mask mandatory?

In our province it is a requirement the wearing masks for indoor public spaces. The authorities can be called if someone enters the church building and refuses to wear a mask.

Please remember that the main reason we wear masks is not for our benefit, but rather to protect our neighbour. We understand that some of our adult members are unable to wear a mask. If you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, then out of love for your neighbour, please participate in the online divine services from home on YouTube until we reach the time when these measures can be relaxed. 

We recognize the sacrifice you are making by not attending the divine service, both in the fellowship of the congregation and in the celebration of Sabbath. Let us demonstrate our love for our neighbour in the mind and spirit of Christ.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/about-covid-19/masks/indoor-mandatory-masking-requirements

 

  • If we wear a face shield do we need to wear a mask?

The face shield protects the wearer's eyes but does not protect others. Please wear a mask as the mask protects both the wearer and others.

 

  • What are the building restrictions?

We are gathering within the health authorities’ restrictions; by socially distancing seating for a maximum capacity of 100 people in the sanctuary. Attendees must register to attend, wear masks, check body temperature and sanitize hands as well as follow the signage posted for​ one entrance-one exit. There are considerations so we all can remain healthy and safe during in-person worship service. 

 

  • Are the washroom facilities available?

Yes, washroom facilities are open however physical distancing guidelines also apply which may mean fewer people may be able to enter the washroom at a time. Deaconess and Deacons are available to wipe high touch areas such as knobs and handles. 

 

  • Will Sabbath School be in person?

All in person Sabbath school classes are suspended. All Sabbath school Classes meet on zoom.

https://www.pinehousesda.ca/sabbath-school-connect

 

  • What if an attendee tests positive for COVID-19?

Registering for church is the manner in which we keep a record of those attending each service. We aim to maintain up to date contact information should contact tracing be required. We have an obligation to report this information to Public Health and to give notice to the Church attendees of a possible confirmed exposure.

 

  • Can I attend church while I wait for my results?

Members who are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 should not attend in-person divine services.

 

  • What if I have travelled out of the province?

We recognize people within and outside the province may travel. This is not prohibited under Public Health Orders. At this time, it is not mandatory that you self-isolate for 14 days upon your return from an out-of-province trip.

People who enter or re-enter Saskatchewan should self-monitor for 14 days and self-isolate at the first sign of even mild symptoms.  Members who are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 should not attend in-person divine services.

 

  • How is the maximum capacity of the church determined?

The total number of people participating in services cannot exceed 30 per cent of seating capacity or 150 people, whichever is less.

Individuals must be separated by two metres, unless part of the same extended household group.

 

  • How do we clean the church?

A routine cleaning of the church takes place once a week after the Sabbath divine service. Use of commercial and household cleaners and disinfectants are used according to instructions listed on the package. Frequently touched surfaces and objects are also disinfected before leaving the church. 

 

  • Do we share microphones?

No microphones aren’t not shared. All microphones are disinfected before and after each individual use. 

 

  • How do we clean the pews?

There is currently no concern for upholstered items as it is believed the virus does not sit on the surface of the fabric, rather sinks into the filling and dissipates from there. However, it is recommended to wipe off the top of the benches as part of the “often touches surfaces”.

 

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