Best Practices for Church Reopening During the Pandemic
Religious Real Estate has researched best practices to assure the highest level of safety for churches to reopen. It is important to be prepared, as Michigan plans to allow for in-person church services. We know the safety of your congregation is top priority!
Initially, we were researching the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other reliable sources to gather the most useful information we could find for our clients. However, we discovered many useful plans and guidelines from other organizations that we found to very well done.
Therefore, we have come to the conclusion to provide you with direct links to those resources rather than re-creating the proverbial wheel.
During our search we found a great outline by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. This 10-page document starts with preparing the physical building and then moves all the way to staffing needed to reopen. Download the Guidelines for Reopening and Returning to Church.
We found that the church staffing company, Vanderbloeman, has a good deal of resources on their website. For links to helpful videos and blogs on reopening churches click here.
The Jesuit Review discusses important considerations in an article called, U.S. Catholic Dioceses Release Plans for Reopening Churches, which has useful information.
We found an interesting article in the New York Times, After Weeks on Zoom, Churches Consider Plans to Reopen, as a good read.
Covid-19 List of Approved Disinfectants
The CDC refers the EPA’s publication that lists disinfectants approved use against the coronavirus and other pathogens. This list can be seen here.
State of Michigan Covid 19 Executive Orders
The State of Michigan posts the executive orders from the Governor. Here is the link to the State of Michigan’s executive order.
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