Coronavirus COVID-19 Policy and Procedure

Effective date: March 17, 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has characterised the outbreak of COVID-19 as a pandemic.  As part of our responsibility to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of our employees, congregation and others at the workplace, this policy provides some guidelines regarding COVID-19.  It is each individual’s responsibility to take reasonable care for your own and others’ health and safety.

1. Policy and Procedure

1.1  Overview

We must all take the Coronavirus pandemic seriously as it is a serious global crisis with wide reaching effects.

It’s important that we all do what we can to slow its spread as well as minimising the risks to ourselves whilst at the same time ministering to those in need.

We can do this in a number of ways that include praying:

  • for those who are infected with the virus
  • that the virus will be slowed and its reach reduced
  • that an effective vaccine will soon be developed and made available
  • for the safety and strength of health workers
  • for wisdom for our nation’s and state’s leaders
  • for the livelihoods of many whose jobs and businesses are being affected

Other ways we can care for people include staying connected via phone and social media.

In the case of those who fall sick, cooking meals or helping with grocery shopping may be of great practical help, but please take care not to put yourself at risk if you do this. We recommend leaving the cooking or groceries near the front door and ensuring that direct contact does not take place.

1.2     Commitment by The Rock Christian Church

The Rock Christian Church Senior Pastor and Management Committee are closely monitoring advice from the Department of Health and following this advice.  As advice from the Department of Health changes, we will reflect these changes in this policy and notices. An up to date copy of this notice will be maintained on the church’s website at www.therock.org.au.

The church is also doing all it can to ensure that the church building is maintained at the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene.  We will be spraying our pens and wiping down all seats and door handles regularly with anti-bacterial wipes.  The church is also making additional hand sanitizers readily accessible.

We will continue to conduct our Sunday services at 9:30 am and 6:00 pm but will monitor the situation as well as advice from the Department of Health, and if deemed necessary, will cease to conduct our Sunday services whilst the risk of contagion remains high.

We will not be offering Communion until the risk from Coronavirus has subsided.

1.3     Individual’s Responsibilities

What we ask of you is that:

  • If you or your child are feeling unwell, in particular, if you have cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat etc.), please do not attend any church activity such as church services or gatherings including: youth, kids, small groups or other church activity, until you are well again. Please stay home, rest and seek medical attention.
  • If you have travelled from mainland China, Iran, Italy or the Republic of Korea within the last 14 days, do not attend.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you should have already received medical attention and been instructed to be in home isolation and not attend.
  • If you have a COVID-19 test result pending, please do not attend.
  • We ask that you please practice good hygiene by frequently washing your hands with either soap or hand sanitiser.
  • If you cough or sneeze, please turn so that you are not facing anyone and do so into a handkerchief or tissue which you then promptly dispose of in a safe manner and then wash your hands.
  • Please also restrict hand to hand contact at gatherings and use sensible precautions when in closer proximity to others. We recommend that you don’t handshake or hug during this season.
  • Parents, if your children are unwell, please keep them at home. Any child who falls ill (fever, cough, runny nose) during a program will be required to be collected promptly.

2. Further Advice

We pray that you will remain healthy and continue to let the love of Jesus shine through you in this season.

We ask that you monitor Government sources for current information and advice.  Further information about COVID-19 can be found at https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us:

  • By phone on 07 3823 3572
  • By email at admin@therock.org.au
  • In person at 6 Hook Street, Capalaba QLD 4157