This mitigation plan follows the guidelines established by the State of Alaska. It is intended to allow church business to proceed while mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission for our safety.
Communication: The primary means of communication will be by email, text, the KLC Facebook page, website and posted on the entryway doors of the building. All are expected to abide by the following guidelines to protect the staff and each other.
COVID-19: any person with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or any other flu-like symptoms may not enter the facility and is asked to refrain from being on the campus. (We also recommend that you seek the care of a medical professional.) Further, persons who are immunocompromised and those over the age of 65 should also maintain their distance to protect their health.
Occupancy and distancing: Six foot distancing will be observed by all non-household members.
Face Coverings: Face coverings must be worn by everyone entering and exiting the church. Staff may choose at their discretion to forgo face covering when alone in their office.
Employees may elect to work from home. Staff meetings and work groups meeting in person will observe physical distancing, wear face coverings, and follow sanitizing procedures within the workspace.
Sanitizing: Hand sanitizer and/or handwashing are recommended for everyone entering the church. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building. Disinfecting materials (wipes and/or spray and towels) are available to wipe down surfaces.
Tracking: Visitor’s Logs are located in the entry areas. Everyone entering the building for meetings, services and events lasting longer than 15 minutes are to sign the visitor’s log with name, phone and email address. The logs will be kept for 30 days per the Municipality of Anchorage and be provided to the Municipality for contact tracing if necessary due to COVID-19.
Food and Fellowship: We observe municipal criteria.
Meetings: Meeting size limitation for religious gatherings is 50% capacity, if no food or drink is served. All in-person gatherings are to follow above guidelines for social distancing and sanitizing. Zoom is an option and can be used for all meetings and gatherings. Note that meetings taking place outdoors are permitted as long as physical distancing takes place. This could be meeting outside at the church or an outdoor activity together where distancing takes place naturally, such as a hike.
Pastoral Visitation: Pastor will visit with members on a case-by-case basis. Preferably meeting outside and with good physical distancing. Pastor will not be making house visits during this time.
Funerals and Weddings: As local conditions dictate, each event will be on a case-by-case basis.
Worship: Worship services are provided on-line and in person. The on-line format is open to all; with in-person services, persons are to maintain a distance of 6 feet apart outside of their household group, wear face coverings, and use designated seating areas, entrances and exits. People are encouraged to substitute alternate forms of greeting (waves, smiles, elbow bumps) in lieu of hugs, shaking hands, and other physical contact whenever possible.
In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 exposure, KLC will follow the cleaning and disinfecting procedures provided on page 2 of this mitigation plan.
Cleaning after suspected or confirmed COVID-19 exposure
- Close off areas visited by the ill persons.
- Ventilate to increase air circulation in the area. Wait 24 hours or as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
- Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment (tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines) used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
- If it has been more than 7 days since the person with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
How to clean and disinfect
Hard (non-porous) surfaces:
If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products used. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.
Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards.
Ensure adequate ventilation.
Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label).
Avoid mixing chemical products.
Label diluted cleaning solutions. Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children
Disinfect following the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted:
Follow the manufacturer’s application instructions for the surface, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute.
Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 4 teaspoons of 5.25%–8.25% bleach per quart of room temperature water. Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.
Cleaning staff and others should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water
Soft (porous) surfaces
For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.
After cleaning: If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.